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I've installed git-gui tool via sudo apt-get install git-gui. But how do I start it? Trying with search or git-gui command did not find and UI tool for Git.

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Shouldn't git already have git-gui built in? It says so at git-scm.com/downloads/guis –  faizal Jul 13 '14 at 14:48
@faizal: It really depends on how the debian maintainers decided to package git, take a look at the list of binary packages created from the git source package –  Sylvain Pineau Jul 13 '14 at 15:53
@SylvainPineau ahh that makes sense. I guess installing git-all would have installed git-gui along with all the other packages related to git. –  faizal Jul 13 '14 at 16:24

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Type git citool to start git-gui

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this gives me the error : git: 'citool' is not a git command. –  faizal Jul 13 '14 at 14:49
Just install the following package: git-gui, sudo apt-get install git-gui –  Sylvain Pineau Jul 13 '14 at 15:50
git gui works for me. –  Ciro Santilli 六四事件 法轮功 Mar 12 at 14:29

In terminal type :

git gui citool

Make one commit and return to the shell when it is complete. This command returns a non-zero exit code if the window was closed in any way other than by making a commit.

 git gui citool --amend

Automatically enter the Amend Last Commit mode of the interface.

git gui citool --nocommit

Behave as normal citool, but instead of making a commit simply terminate with a zero exit code. It still checks that the index does not contain any unmerged entries, so you can use it as a GUI version of git-mergetool.

Reference Site

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The reference site says git gui is actually maintained as an independent project, but stable versions are distributed as part of the Git suite for the convenience of end users. So is it really required to install git-gui or should i get it automatically inside git? I have done apt-get install git on my Ubuntu, but the git gui citool does not run. I get the error git: 'gui' is not a git command. –  faizal Jul 13 '14 at 14:52

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