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From: "Randall S. Becker" <rsbecker@nexbridge.com>
To: "'Lukas Straub'" <lukasstraub2@web.de>, "'Jeff King'" <peff@peff.net>
Cc: "'Junio C Hamano'" <gitster@pobox.com>,
	"'git'" <git@vger.kernel.org>,
	"'Elijah Newren'" <newren@gmail.com>,
	"'Brandon Williams'" <bwilliams.eng@gmail.com>,
	"'Johannes Schindelin'" <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de>
Subject: RE: [RFC PATCH 0/2] Allow adding .git files and directories
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:11:00 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <007101d677bc$87ed2130$97c76390$@nexbridge.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200821143941.28f71287@luklap>

On August 21, 2020 8:40 AM, Lukas Straub wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:01:25 -0400
> Jeff King <peff@peff.net> wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 01:34:45PM +0200, Lukas Straub wrote:
> >
> > > Yes, there are many workarounds and they work well in the CI
> > > usecase. However, for the arbitrary files usecase there is no good
> > > workaround. I currently use a script which iterates over the tree
> > > and renames .git -> dotgit before running any git command and back
> > > again afterwards, but it is slow and brittle. I toyed with the idea
> > > of writing a FUSE filesystem to do the renaming, but it is needlessly
> complex and hurts performance.
> > >
> > > Really, this problem should be solved in git itself.
> >
> > It is unclear to me why need to hold many sub-repositories within the
> > parent one, nor what Git operations you expect to perform over them.
> > And what disadvantages your script solution has.
> >
> > Perhaps you can give a more concrete use-case (but before you spend a
> > lot of time doing so, I'll warn you that I find it pretty unlikely
> > that it will cross the bar necessary to counter the downsides we've
> > discussed so far).
> >
> > -Peff
> 
> I store all my files in several git(-annex) repositories. By "files" I
mean
> anything you might find in your home directory across your devices,
anything
> on usb thumbdrives, sd cards and maybe your home NAS. And anything you
> would usually use google photos, iCloud, dropbox, etc. for.
> Concrete examples:
> I store the home directories (containing git repos) of two retired
machines in
> such a repository. I don't store the homes in a archive file as I want to
use
> git-annex's ability to only have the contents of files I need on my
laptop.
> I store my development directory containing several(130)
> git/svn/unversioned projects in another repo. This allows me to version
and
> sync everything (including WIPs) across my machines. I tried alternative
> workflows and they didn't work out.
> 
> In both cases, the script introduces a delay of ~10 seconds to every git
> command I run in the outer repository and I have to remember to use the
> script on these repos.
> Moreover, I can't use the git-annex assistant, which watches the repo and
> automatically commits and syncs file changes.
> In my opinion, I want to be able to set the allow-dotgit config and it'll
just
> work without the delay and without having to remember the script.
> 
> The downsides we discussed don't apply in this usecase. These are mostly
> personal files, so I wont upload them to any hosting site (not even
private
> ones). There is no security impact as I only sync with trusted devices.

Have you considered git clone --mirror? This might solve your situation in a
different way, but should keep your repositories in sync with each other. It
also allows you to have different .git/config files on different platforms
(rather important when doing multiplatform development particularly with
submodules).

Randall

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  reply	other threads:[~2020-08-21 13:11 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-19 16:43 Lukas Straub
2020-08-19 16:43 ` [RFC PATCH 1/2] dir/read-cache: " Lukas Straub
2020-08-19 16:43 ` [RFC PATCH 2/2] dir: Recurse into nested git repos if they aren't submodules Lukas Straub
2020-08-19 18:03 ` [RFC PATCH 0/2] Allow adding .git files and directories Junio C Hamano
2020-08-19 18:47   ` Randall S. Becker
2020-08-19 19:09     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-19 19:23       ` Randall S. Becker
2020-08-19 20:17       ` Jeff King
2020-08-19 20:32         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-19 20:38           ` Jeff King
2020-08-19 21:56             ` Randall S. Becker
2020-08-20 10:16             ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-08-20 11:34             ` Lukas Straub
2020-08-20 13:01               ` Jeff King
2020-08-21 12:39                 ` Lukas Straub
2020-08-21 13:11                   ` Randall S. Becker [this message]
2020-08-21 22:52                   ` brian m. carlson
2020-08-22 14:21                     ` Lukas Straub
2020-08-22 18:53                       ` brian m. carlson
2020-08-22 19:12                         ` Lukas Straub
2020-08-24 13:52                           ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-08-20 12:37         ` Lukas Straub
2020-08-20 13:08           ` Jeff King
2020-08-19 19:22     ` Lukas Straub
2020-08-19 18:47   ` Lukas Straub
2020-08-19 19:16     ` Randall S. Becker
2020-08-20 11:46       ` Lukas Straub

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