# Was there a 'git' in the 1990s?

I seem to remember using a source code control system back in the early- to mid-1990s called git. Am I nuts?

I used to work at IBM way back then. We didn't use it for a big project, but I distinctly remember using it. Is that possible?

However, Wikipedia says Linus Torvalds wrote it in 2005, citing A Short History of Git:

Git was created by Linus Torvalds in 2005 for development of the Linux kernel, with other kernel developers contributing to its initial development.

Was there any earlier version of source-control software with the same name, or that may have functioned similarly?

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• As far as I know there was nothing called Git. IBM bought Rational Software's ClearCase (first released in 1992) in the early 2000s. Common version control systems back then included SCCS, RCS, and CVS as well. There is a large table comparing many systems here on Wikipedia. – torek Aug 20 '17 at 0:50
• 2005 feels like the mid 90s to me sometimes. – Mad Physicist Aug 20 '17 at 0:54
• IBM mainframes had Software Configuration and Library Manager (SCLM), but it was nothing like git. In the 90's IBM would've used other version control systems for other products like AIX or OS/2, and while I don't know what it would've been nothing like git either. – Ross Ridge Aug 21 '17 at 4:25
• Mandela Effect! – JoelFan Jul 10 at 19:24

There was another project that used to be abbreviated as git (e.g. in Debian package names), but the popularity of the GIT VCS led to the GNU Interactive Tools being renamed gnuit. (And I only know that because I remember the Debian package-name conflict that led to GIT being pacakged as git-vcs for a while.)