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I have a simple question. What is Git Shell? IS it the same as Windows Power Shell?

Because when I run Git Shell on my Windows 7 machine the Windows Power Shell is opened.

Thanks for clarification.

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When you install GitHub for Windows, you can assign the shell dynamically:

Go to Tools, then options...

Select your preferred shell

Which type is picked by default is decided during setup.

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thanks a lot ;) it is working now. –  Derfder Nov 22 '12 at 11:41
    
Btw. has PowerShell more benefits than using just Git Bash? I am new in this area, so thanks for any advice. –  Derfder Nov 22 '12 at 11:45
    
@Derfder: If you like to use PowerShell cmdlets, use the PowerShell. If you're more familiar with bash, use the Git Bash. In regards to git itself, I never noticed a difference. –  Oliver Salzburg Nov 22 '12 at 11:48
    
So, what do you use personally on a daily basis, if I may ask? –  Derfder Nov 22 '12 at 12:08
    
@Derfder: I use the PowerShell host. I like bash better in general, but working with bash on Windows just feels weird to me. –  Oliver Salzburg Nov 22 '12 at 12:30
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If you're using msysgit then the git shell is actually a msys shell that utilizes MinGW and provides a bash shell implementation for windows.

Because msys leverages MinGW it also provides reimplementation of some of the standard GNU programs written for windows that are useful when operating git.

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I have an icon on my desktop called "Git Shell" (that comes with Git for windwos installer) . And when I double click it Windows Power Shell starts. Why? –  Derfder Nov 22 '12 at 11:00
    
There's a number of possible reasons, maybe the shortcut is broken or sh.exe is aliased to Windows PowerShell. Either way Git Shell is a separate entity to PowerShell –  Jake Woods Nov 22 '12 at 11:03
    
Where is sh.exe located, so I can start it? –  Derfder Nov 22 '12 at 11:05
    
Typically the areas where you command line programs come from (like sh.exe) can be found in the PATH variable. If you do echo %PATH% in a regular shell that will show you all the possible folders it could be in. –  Jake Woods Nov 22 '12 at 11:27
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In bash it would be $PATH –  Jake Woods Jan 2 '13 at 3:07
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