Thoughts on Chapter 5

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at
Sun Feb 25 15:13:10 CST 2007

Brian W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
> Ben and I discuss this example in our Best Practices talk:  If you
> have a repository with source code (tiny) and Photoshop files (huge),
> it's just easier to juggle the small stuff separately--from syncing to
> backing up to whatever, you don't have to worry about these huge
> blobs.  Heck, if you've got just source in a repository, you can
> probably do a full repository backup every 12 hours...

Hrm.  I can put this in as a example of something you might consider,
but I really think this is putting the needs of the administrator ahead
of the needs of the users, and would have to heckle you from the back of
the room if I were witness to this portion of your talk.  :-)

I can see why you might want to have the huge files live in a disjoint
subtree from the tiny source files within the same repos (because users
editing little source files might not want to be forced to checkout
massive media objects and such that they never edit).

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at>

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.  It has
 been found difficult; and left untried."  -- G. K. Chesterton

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