I think you are asking for a short definition...

Clearly the code will speak the truth, but there is a lot of code and special 
cases, which makes for long definitions.

A repository is the place that holds all your history data and meta-data about 
where you are up to. 

As a distributed version control system you can then have copies on servers, 
with other people, in other directories. People can work on those copies and 
still maintain integrity.

The default location is a (hidden) directory ".git" located at the top level of 
your working directory.

There are then (within git) many possible ways to have the working directory 
and the storage directory in different places. 

'git help git' will give you a good start (read the part near the end)
'git help glossary' will help with teminology.

'git help -g' (newer versions) will list the main guides

Philip
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  Is there a precise definition of repositiory?


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