My goal is to install the latest build version of QGIS in order to test and identify bugs. I'm on OS X (10.10.4) and am attempting to build from the QGIS nightly source.

I'm following the official instructions here. I went to the Github QGIS page and downloaded the .zip for the Master version, then installed all the requirements. When I run make, I quickly get the following error:

[  0%] Generating qgsversion.h
fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git
make[2]: *** [qgsversion.h] Error 128

The build then progresses to 7% complete, then ends with:

[  7%] Built target ui
make: *** [all] Error 2

Any ideas on how to troubleshoot the above error?

I also am open to an alternative way to install and be able to test the QGIS nightly builds. (Note: The qgis.dakotacarto.com nightly build appears to not be updated. As of October 15, 2015, qgis.dakotacarto.com QGIS Master 2.11 appears to be updated. See update 4 below for details.)

Update 1: I cloned the repository by running the following in Terminal app:

clone https://github.com/qgis/QGIS.git

The CMakeError.logreturns the following errors:

Determining if the Q_WS_X11 exist failed with the following output:
Change Dir:     /Users/mbp/Desktop/qgis_git_clone/QGIS/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeTmp  

Determining if the Q_WS_WIN exist failed with the following output:
Change Dir:     /Users/mbp/Desktop/qgis_git_clone/QGIS/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeTmp

Determining if the Q_WS_QWS exist failed with the following output:
Change Dir:     /Users/mbp/Desktop/qgis_git_clone/QGIS/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeTmp

Update 2: Got same result when getting QGIS master via the following Terminal commands:

git init
git remote add -f -t master -m master qgisupstream git://github.com/qgis/QGIS.git
git merge qgisupstream

Update 3: I updated to 10.11 El Capitan for unrelated reasons. I thought it worth mentioning though that I got the same error as noted in update 1.

Update 4: qgis.dakotacarto.com site has updated version QGIS Master 2.11. I did need to update my GDAL via the Kyngchaos GDAL Complete 1.11 framework package.


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As of October 15, 2015 qgis.dakotacarto.com has the updated QGIS Master 2.11 available for download, which I'm able to download and run QGIS Master 2.11.

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