Switch branches/tags
Find file Copy path
Fetching contributors…
Cannot retrieve contributors at this time
60 lines (29 sloc) 2.65 KB

Building git-sizer from source

Most people can just install a released version of git-sizer, as described in the However, if you want to test a non-release version, or if you might want to contribute to git-sizer, you can also build it from source.

Build and install using go get

  1. Make sure that you have a recent version of the Go language toolchain installed and that you have set GOPATH.

  2. Get git-sizer using go get:

    go get

    This should fetch and compile the source code and write the executable file to $GOPATH/bin/.

  3. Either add $GOPATH/bin to your PATH, or copy the executable file (git-sizer or git-sizer.exe) to a directory that is already in your PATH.

Build using make

This procedure is intended for experts and people who want to help develop git-sizer. It should work on Linux or OS X. On other Unix-like systems, this procedure is also likely to work, provided you first install Go manually.

  1. Clone the git-sizer Git repository and switch to that directory:

    git clone
    cd git-sizer
  2. Install Go if necessary and create and prepare a project-local GOPATH:

  3. (Optional) Run the automated tests:

    make test
  4. Build git-sizer:


    If you have a C toolchain set up, you can enable support for isatty() (which turns off --progress by default if output is not to a TTY) by running

    make USE_ISATTY=true
  5. Copy the resulting executable file (bin/git-sizer) to a directory in your PATH.

It is also possible to cross-compile for other platforms that are supported by Go. See the comments in the Makefile for more information.

Note that this procedure uses a project-local GOPATH. This means that you can clone the repository anywhere. The disadvantage is that Go tools need to know about this GOPATH. The Makefile and the scripts under scripts/ take care of this automatically. But if you want to run go commands by hand, either first set your GOPATH:

export GOPATH="$(pwd)/.gopath"

Or use script/go and script/gofmt rather than go and gofmt, respectively.

Unfortunately, some Go tools get confused by the symlink that is used to make the project-local GOPATH work. If you have this problem, it sometimes helps to run such commands from .gopath/src/ Alternatively, clone the project into the traditional place in your normal GOPATH.

Making a release