Git doesn't work
October 04, 2010 06:24PM
I downloaded and unpacked a recent (stable) build of the Linux kernel from It's now in my home directory. The problem is, when I navigate to the Linux kernel directory in the Terminal and type in:

git status

the output is as follows:

fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git

Which is bad because I can't patch anything.
Re: Git doesn't work
September 25, 2011 07:50AM
You need to get the kernel as a git repository, not a tarball, if you want to use git.

To do that, you "git clone git://", which will create a directory with all the .git revision history. Once you have that, you can really start using git on the kernel.
Re: Git doesn't work
September 25, 2011 10:28AM
Unfortunately is down for few weeks! :-(
Re: Git doesn't work
September 25, 2011 12:52PM
You can get the kernel git tree from
Git doesn't work
February 12, 2013 02:15AM
This doesn't work for Windows systems as git-credential-cache communicates through a Unix socket.
Re: Git doesn't work
December 06, 2013 07:23AM
I ve a problem too. my internet connection is so very slow. when i try to download using "git clone . . ." it take forever to download. so i downloaded latest tar file form Is there any way to get started wit git without downloading form repository.

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