[Beowulf] Thoughts on git?

Skylar Thompson skylar.thompson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 19 17:11:54 PST 2017

90% of the battle is using a VCS to begin with. Whether that's SVN, git,
Mercurial, etc. is somewhat irrelevant - just pick something with the
features (and ease of use is a feature!) that you and your team need and
stick with it.

In my professional life, I've found SVN to suit my needs and be easy
enough for other folks I work with (even ones without software
development expertise) to use.


On 12/19/2017 08:11 AM, Faraz Hussain 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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