On Sat, Jul 16, 2005 at 10:46:00AM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> - Publicity. I would be very happy to see somebody with good
> writing and summarizing skills to prepare an article to be
> published on LWN.NET to coincide with the 1.0 release. An
> update to GIT traffic would also be nice.
How is this for a start?
Source Code Management with Git
Git, sometimes called "global information tracker", is a "directory
content manager". Git has been designed to handle absolutely massive
projects with speed and efficiency, and the release of the 2.6.12 and
(soon) the 2.6.13 version of the Linux kernel would indicate that it
does this task well.
Git falls into the category of distributed source code management tools,
similar to Arch or Darcs (or, in the commercial world, BitKeeper). This
means that every working directory is a full-fledged repository with
full revision tracking capabilities.
Git uses the SHA1 hash algorithm to provide a content-addressable pseudo
filesystem, complete with its own version of fsck.
o Speed of use, both for the project maintainer, and the end-users, is
a key development principle.
o The history is stored as a directed acyclic graph, making long-lived
branches and repeated merging simple.
o A collection of related projects are building on the core Git
project, either to provide an easier to use interface on top (Darcs,
Mercurial, StGit, Cogito), or to take some of the underlying concepts
and reimplement them directly into another system (Arch 2.0).
o Two, interchangeable, on-disk formats are used:
o An efficient, packed format that saves spaced and network
o An unpacked format, optimized for fast writes and incremental
Git results from the inspiration and frustration of Linus Torvalds, and
the enthusiastic help of over 300 participants on the development
1 - Generated with the following, in a maildir folder:
find . -type f | xargs grep -h "^From:" | perl -ne \
'tr#A-Z#a-z#; m#<(.*)># && print $1,"\n";' | sort -u | wc -l
sometimes Pug Majere
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