On Thu, 7 May 2015 13:45:29 -0700 (PDT)
Roger Mendes <sprog...@gmail.com> wrote:

> This seems like a fairly simple feature to add, I'm not sure why no
> one has done this or thought of it given the number of complaints,
> questions... with large file handling.
> We can ignore by file name attribute, why not by file size?
> Yes, I know I can add pre-commit scripts... to workaround this issue,
> but there should be a better way (or maybe I'm missing something?).

I humbly think this proposition is ill-concieved in fact.
The problem you're trying to solve using technical tools is, in fact,
social / political: if people are unable/unwilling to properly review
what they commit, they have to be educated, and then possibly penalized
on repeated faults.

I can understand why github has this setting in place: they provide
free hosting for hundreds of thousand throwaway repositories, and
obviously have to combat goofs like accidentially committing junk.
In "real" environments, like private / corporate repos, such goofs are
way easier to fix: you just tell the person to amend a commit and
force-push, or let a user with more rights do that, if required,
while explaining why things gone bad and how to avoid that in the
future.  IOW, it's possible to provide an educational hands-holding in
such a case.

On the other hand, ignoring files by name is useful for everyone as the
most common application of a VCS is managing the source code of a
program, and so you want to ignore backup files made by text editor,
IDE- or toolchain-generated crap, binary files which are the result of
compiling the source code etc.

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