#248 ✓invalid
Jon Schewe

gitx doesn't start GitX app

Reported by Jon Schewe | March 21st, 2010 @ 01:52 PM

I expected gitx to work just like gitk where I change to the directory of a git repository and run gitx and it would work. Seems this is not so. I needed to run the GitX app from Applications first and then when I ran gitx from a git repository it worked. If gitx wants to be a replacement for gitk, then this should happen automatically from the gitx executable.

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  • brotherbard

    brotherbard March 26th, 2010 @ 02:17 AM

    Hi Jon,

    GitX does not use an installer so it can't install things like the command line tool automatically. But if you go to the GitX menu and choose "Enable Terminal Usage..." that will install the tool. After that you should be able to start GitX from the command line with gitx. If that doesn't work then there is something else wrong and we will need more information.


  • Jon Schewe

    Jon Schewe March 26th, 2010 @ 11:14 PM

    OK, that solves it. Perhaps the error message could point towards this?

  • brotherbard

    brotherbard March 27th, 2010 @ 01:21 AM

    • Tag changed from startup to command-line, startup

    Which error message did you receive?

    Also, maybe on the first (or second) start GitX should ask if the user wants to install the gitx tool. With a "Don't ask again" checkbox and a link to more information about the tool.

    It seems like not everyone knows about it so that might help.


  • Jon Schewe

    Jon Schewe March 27th, 2010 @ 01:59 PM

    "Could not connect to app server" was the error.

    I saw the install in MacPorts and thought this would be a nice replacement for gitk. The way gitk works is to install it, cd to a git repository and then run "gitk". So I tried that with gitx and got the error. At this point I can see many people just giving up as it seems like the tool is just broken. I continued to look into the macports package and found that something was installed in /Applications as well. So I tried that and then it worked while the GUI was up. Once I did the "Enable Terminal Usage...", then it works just like gitk. So the error message should say something about running the app from /Applications and then clicking on "Enable Terminal Usage..." (should be relatively easy) AND one should see if the macports package can automatically enable this (may be rather hard).

  • Pieter de Bie

    Pieter de Bie March 27th, 2010 @ 04:41 PM

    probably a problem with macports then, and not GitX itself.. you could
    try opening a ticket in their system

  • Jon Schewe

    Jon Schewe March 28th, 2010 @ 07:13 PM

    What does macports need to do to make sure that calling "gitx" from the terminal works without first starting the application? If you give me the steps, I'll gladly file the ticket with macports.

  • Johannes Gilger

    Johannes Gilger September 12th, 2010 @ 09:09 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “invalid”
    • Milestone order changed from “0” to “0”

    I have no idea why MacPorts would have a GitX-package. Fink does not.

    GitX is intended to be downloaded binary-only for end-users, and the 'gitx' that users will execute is merely a symlink to /Applications/GitX.app/Contents/Resources/gitx which is all that is needed. So, if Macports had a virtual package which just created that symlink and relied on GitX already being installed in /Applications, that would be fine be me, but everything else seems just wrong.

    I'm closing this since there is not much we can do about this.

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