On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 08:27:56PM -0700, Perry Wagle wrote:
> Hi --
> I have a disk image of a small embedded device whose root file system I'd 
> like to check-in to git as a means of distributing its GPL'd software.  In 
> that disk image are device files, which GIT studiously ignores.  If symlinks 
> are handled (contents being the path that the symlink points at), I don't see 
> why device files can't be handled (contents being the type (char or block) 
> and the major and minor device number).  TAR, for example, handles this fine, 
> except that using tar in git sort-of goes against the granularity of the 
> objects being modified (like adding a bunch of extra "sd??" devices), such 
> that you are modifying a whole tar ball instead of the individual (device) 
> files.
> Is there a reason not to handle device files other than "its not 
> traditional"?  That's the only reason given in google or the IRC channel.
> Thanks!

In linux you can't create device files if your not root. On windows
those files won't even exists (afaik).

Wouldn't this be very unportable and hard to use (meaning that you need
to handle your git repo as root or give git setuid root)?

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