brew doctor Warning: How to add git to PATH?


I installed Homebrew on OS X El Capitan. In the last steps of the installation I was supposed to install git with

brew install git

which was fine. Now if I run ‘brew doctor’ this happens:

$ brew doctor
Please note that these warnings are just used to help the Homebrew maintainers
with debugging if you file an issue. If everything you use Homebrew for is
working fine: please don't worry and just ignore them. Thanks!

Warning: Git could not be found in your PATH.
Homebrew uses Git for several internal functions, and some formulae use Git
checkouts instead of stable tarballs. You may want to install Git:
  brew install git

If I run ‘brew install git’ again, I get:

$ brew install git 
Warning: git-2.7.4 already installed

So needless to say my git version is 2.7.4. ‘brew update’ throws:

$ brew update
Warning: git-2.7.4 already installed
Error: Git must be installed and in your PATH!

Question: How do I fix my PATH so git can be found in my PATH and ‘brew doctor’ results in ‘Your system is ready to brew’?

Additional Information:

  • which -a git results in:

    $ which -a git
  • I tried a lot of potential fixes, meanwhile I executed:

    echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile

    My ~/.bash_profile now looks like this:

    # Setting PATH for Python 2.7
    # The orginal version is saved in .bash_profile.pysave
    export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH
  • When I try to install cask:

    $ brew tap caskroom/cask
    ==> Installing git
    Warning: git-2.7.4 already installed
    Error: Git is unavailable
  • brew config:

    $ brew config
    ORIGIN: (none)
    HEAD: (none)
    Last commit: never
    HOMEBREW_PREFIX: /usr/local
    HOMEBREW_CELLAR: /usr/local/Cellar
    CPU: quad-core 64-bit haswell
    OS X: 10.11.4-x86_64
    Xcode: 7.3
    Clang: 7.3 build 703
    X11: N/A
    System Ruby: 2.0.0-p648
    Perl: /usr/bin/perl
    Python: /usr/local/bin/python => /usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.11/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python2.7
    Ruby: /usr/bin/ruby => /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/bin/ruby
    Java: 1.8.0_40

EDIT: Added cask to additional information.

EDIT2: Added brew config and added brew doctor prefix


First, change directory to /usr/local/Homebrew in the Terminal (for older versions of MacOS, use cd cd /usr/local/Library/Homebrew). Then run:

git pull origin master
brew update && brew upgrade

Answered By – Lucian Irimie

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