Fs2 open on Linux/Acquiring the Code

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« Installing the Development Libraries The fs2_open on Linux Guide
Acquiring the Code
Pre-Compile Configuration »

Note: This step is only for those who want the bleeding-edge source code to compile on their own. You can skip this if you intend to use a provided binary executable.

Before you begin, make sure you have write permissions on your current working directory. $HOME/$USER is a pretty safe bet. I recommend that you create a permanent /$HOME/$USER/src directory from which you run the svn command, this way git/svn will only update the files changed the next time you download the source and it's always nice to have things organized. Make sure you have git/svn installed on your system. See the Installing Git chapter on installing Git.

Now get the source. Run from a terminal:

$ git clone https://github.com/scp-fs2open/fs2open.github.com.git
$ svn checkout svn://svn.icculus.org/fs2open/trunk/fs2_open (deprecated)

This will pull in the most recent source code from the 'master' or 'HEAD' branch.