[Beowulf] Thoughts on git?

Brian Oborn linuxpunk at gmail.com
Tue Dec 19 08:41:37 PST 2017

I argue that using a source control system of any kind is useful for
answering the questions like "This was working 6 months ago. What have I
changed since then?" or "This line of code to work around feature X is odd.
When did I change it and what was my motivation at the time?"

Git has the advantage that it doesn't require a server to track the commits
for a single person so you could just use it on a local filesystem with
normal file-level backups. That would reduce the complexity quite a bit.

Brian Oborn

On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 10:11 AM, Faraz Hussain <info at feacluster.com> wrote:

> I am curious what people think of git. On one hand everyone seems to be
> using it and proclaiming its virtues. On the other hand it seems way
> overkill for how the majority of people code.
> I maintain dozens of scripts to manage various HPC environments . None are
> more than a few hundred lines long. To do backups of scripts, I just copy
> them to some backup folder. Occasionally I might tar them up and copy them
> to a different server. I have never had a need to go back to an older
> version of my script.
> So I tried to learn git but find it very confusing. It seems designed for
> teams of developers working on some million+ line of code project. For my
> rinky-dinky scripts it just adds a lot of confusion. It seems I need to
> "commit" to using git everyday in order for it to be effective. Otherwise,
> use it or lose it.
> Should I force myself to use git everyday? Or maybe find some
> incrementally better way to manage backups of my scripts?
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