On Tue, 25 Sep 2012 02:11:14 -0700 (PDT)
Angelo Borsotti <angelo.borso...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Suppose I have a private repository and a public one. I develop using
> my private repository, and at significant steps I do a commit in
> which I save all, sources] and binaries. The reason for saving
> binaries is to allow to recover a previously committed version
> without having then to rebuild all binaries. When I have completed
> the development of a feature, I push it to a public repository, one
> that is accessed by an integrator, that takes my contributes and
> other developers' as well, and integrates all of them. After having
> pulled all the contributed, the integrator always rebuilds the
> binaries. Therefore, there is no need for me to push binaries from my
> private repository to the public one, and for him to pull them. Is
> there a way in git to avoid to push and pull binaries in this
One way I can imagine, is using `git filter-branch`  with
its --three-filter option to drop the binaries matching certain
patttern from a branch which is ready to be proposed upstream.
Basically, when your feature branch is ready, you "clone" it (by means
of saying `git checkout -b newbranch thatbranch`) and then run
`git filter-branch --tree-filter ...` on the new branch to re-write it
dropping all the cruft from the commits. Then you check if it looks OK,
propose it to upstream or replace the original branch with its
One other approach I might imagine is juggling with two branches -- one
"clean", on which you just do the regular work and commit only the
relevant (that is, source) files, and another one -- a "dirty" branch,
which you check out from time to time, merge the "clean" branch in and
then commit the built cruft. That is, you'll do continuous periodical
re-integration of the "clean" branch to the "dirty" branch with
commits of the binaries after each reintegration.
You can also have it backwards: do normal work on a "dirty" branch" but
implement a simple policy about what you commit: commits touching
relevant files must be done separately from the commits touching
binary cruft (these can even be marked by something like "[binary]"
prefix in their commit messages). You then periodically switch to a
"clean" branch and perform cherry-picks  from the "dirty" branch,
picking only the "clean" commits.
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