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Status Planned for future release
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 23, 2021

Add "tig" to yum repo

"Tig is an ncurses-based text-mode interface for git. It functions mainly as a Git repository browser, but can also assist in staging changes for commit at chunk level and act as a pager for output from various Git commands."


Tig is a handy tool to have around for developers working with git on IBM i.

===Technical Notes===

I've been able to build the current version, 2.5.3, on IBM i without very much trouble. The main issue I found was that linking had an undefined ".flock" symbol, but this was resolved by adding "-lbsd" to LDFLAGS.

Use Case:

Tig is a user-friendly way of interacting with git repositories from within the console. It is a nice alternative to working with raw git commands in the shell.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Apr 19, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Apr 7, 2021

    Back in December I created a pull request for the tig git repository to make the build work on IBM i (

    If the libraries have changed so the build does not work anymore, you should publish your fix to the tig repository - the repository administrators are very helpful.

    Other than that I agree that it would be great if the tig tool was available to download from the IBM yum repository. Maybe IBM with a minimal effort could make sure the tool can compile on IBM i without any issues by adding their modifications to the tig GitHub repository.