I'd like to install latest available git to day (git-2.17.1), on CentOS 7.4, because some applications are complaining for it, and not only.

I'm trying to install git-2.17.1 from source on CentOS 7.4.

These are the approachs I tried:

  • Uninstalled the old git (only) using:

a) rpm -e --nodeps git

  • Downloaded and extracted the file git-2.17.1.zip on /home/myusername/temp/

  • Changed to the extracted file's directory, in this case /home/myusername/temp/git-2.17.1/

  • As a super user, installed all supposedly needed dependencies, using:

a) yum install docbook2X-0.8.8-17.el7.x86_64.rpm (after having downloaded this package)

b) yum install dh-autoreconf curl-devel expat-devel gettext-devel openssl-devel perl-devel zlib-devel asciidoc xmlto gengetopt autoconf libcurl-devel gcc kernel-headers debhelper intltool perl-Git po-debconf

  • Created a symlink as instructed on git-scm web site, using:

a) ln -s /usr/bin/db2x_docbook2texi /usr/bin/docbook2x-texi

  • As a normal user, ran the following:

  • ./configure CFLAGS='-I/usr/local/openssl/include' LDFLAGS='-L/usr/local/openssl/lib' --prefix=/usr/local/git --with-openssl=/usr/local/bin/openssl

  • make all doc info

  • And again, as a super user, ran the following:

  • make install install-doc install-html install-info

The problem arises on last step, outputting the following:

install -m 644 git.info gitman.info /usr/local/git/share/info
if test -r /usr/local/git/share/info/dir; then \
  install-info --info-dir=/usr/local/git/share/info git.info ;\
  install-info --info-dir=/usr/local/git/share/info gitman.info ;\
else \
  echo "No directory found in /usr/local/git/share/info" >&2 ; \
No directory found in /usr/local/git/share/info
e[1]: Leaving directory `/home/myusername/temp/git-2.17.1/Documentation'

I successfully upgraded openssl version to the latest available today (openssl 1.1.0h).

2 Answers 2


That's not error, you can check it with echo $? after running make install-info. Target install-info in Documentation/Makefile looks like this:

install-info: info
    $(INSTALL) -d -m 755 $(DESTDIR)$(infodir)
    $(INSTALL) -m 644 git.info gitman.info $(DESTDIR)$(infodir)
    if test -r $(DESTDIR)$(infodir)/dir; then \
      $(INSTALL_INFO) --info-dir=$(DESTDIR)$(infodir) git.info ;\
      $(INSTALL_INFO) --info-dir=$(DESTDIR)$(infodir) gitman.info ;\
    else \
      echo "No directory found in $(DESTDIR)$(infodir)" >&2 ; \

Program named install correctly creates info-pages in /usr/local/git/share/info/, you can check it:

$ ls -lh /usr/local/git/share/info/
total 2.3M
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 218K Jun 13 21:46 git.info
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.1M Jun 13 21:46 gitman.info

The install-info target was introduced in commit 4739809c and says:

If the info target directory does not already contain a "dir" file, no directory entry is created.

A file named dir is a part of GNU texinfo but it's not required.

Also notice that unless you have /usr/local/git/bin/ in your $PATH you cannot start git by simply typing git after installing it the way you did, you have to do this instead:

$ /usr/local/git/bin/git --version
git version 2.17.1
  • It worked I just needed to properly set the $PATH, as you said.
    – El_Dorado
    Jun 14, 2018 at 10:38

How to correctly install Git 2.17.1 from source on CentOS 7

Probably build the "2.17.1" packages, and install the required packages with yum.

Source package ftp://ftp.icm.edu.pl/vol/rzm6/linux-fedora/linux/updates/28/Everything/SRPMS/Packages/g/git-2.17.1-2.fc28.src.rpm

Setup $HOME/rpms/ https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/need-rpm-package-for-php-version-5-2-7-and-up-on-redhat-5-1-a-766486/#13

$ rpm -i git-2.17.1-2.fc28.src.rpm

# yum install libcurl-devel libsecret-devel pcre2-devel tk cvs cvsps \ 
httpd mod_dav_svn subversion subversion-perl perl-DBD-SQLite perl-CPAN

# cpan
cpan[1]> install IO::Pty
cpan[2]> install Test::More

$ cd rpms/SPECS/
$ rpmbuild -bb git.spec
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/x86_64/git-2.17.1-2.el7.x86_64.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/git-all-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/x86_64/git-core-2.17.1-2.el7.x86_64.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/git-core-doc-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/git-cvs-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/x86_64/git-daemon-2.17.1-2.el7.x86_64.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/git-email-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/gitk-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/gitweb-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/git-gui-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/git-p4-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/perl-Git-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/noarch/perl-Git-SVN-2.17.1-2.el7.noarch.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/x86_64/git-subtree-2.17.1-2.el7.x86_64.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/x86_64/git-svn-2.17.1-2.el7.x86_64.rpm
Wrote: /home/knudfl/rpms/RPMS/x86_64/git-debuginfo-2.17.1-2.el7.x86_64.rpm

The 16 packages https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PRxoicjzHWunFZW-hhXT9JsFk_PQIoLs?usp=sharing

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