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Re: Git

To: Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: Git
From: Jan-Benedict Glaw <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 17:21:44 +0200
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On Wed, 2005-09-14 13:37:50 +0100, Ralf Baechle <> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 11:58:58AM +0200, Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
> > monotone
> >     Is quite nice'n'easy to use for CVS users, you'll have quite a
> >     fast start. The network sync protocol can be a bit lengthy at
> >     a time, but it works. It's acceptable in speed, but not
> >     exactly "fast". Written in C, code can easily be read and
> >     hacked.
> Git has taken some ideas from Monotone.

Though monotone uses a (berkeley?) DB to store all objects...

> > arch
> >     Arch can do almost everything; it's network sync protocol is
> >     quite fast (can use several transports and will make use of
> >     caches). However, it's not exactly easy to use because of it's
> >     thousands of commands and it's project name conventions are,
> >     um, ugly. It has very good merging capabilities, but it's
> >     heavy use of local caches forces you to have loads of free HDD
> >     space.
> Git is a huge diskspace consumer also unless repositories are converted.
> For example, the Linux kernel repository from CVS did inflate itself to
> over 4GB and over 340,000 files.  After packing I got that down to like
> 170MB.  Not bad compared to the some 770MB of RCS files it's using
> currently and < 11s checkout from git can't be wrong either ;-)

Well, Arch *may* cache any tree version you check out. So take a
source tree and check-out some 15 tree versions, you may end up with a
really *hugh* cache. You're free to delete it, though...

> > To get fixes/port updates/subsystem updates upstream to Linus, GIT is
> > the way[tm] to go, so we'd try to get familiar with it.
> The other accepted currency of the trade are still simple patches, see

ACK. But unless you've got the perfect Patch Queue Manager that'll
re-diff and re-send your patches automatically to Linus, you keep on
doing some manual work or at least starting your scripts ever and ever
again :)


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