git-annex is a new thing I've been working on. It allows managing files with git, without checking the file contents into git. Thus filling in that missing chink in the git VCS-home armor, of what to do files too big to be practical for git.
http://git-annex.branchable.com/ I'm doing a preview prerelease now. I have been trusting it with my data for several days now. :) To give an idea of one use case, I currently have git annexes on several SATA drives that are offline archives. At my house, I have a file server with a git annex on it. Here at the cabin I have a portable USB drive hooked up to a NSLU2 being an ad-hoc file server; that's another git annex. And my netbook has a git annex on its puny SSD too. These are *all* clones of the same git repository, and file contents can be transfered between them in any direction. And I can sit here behind dialup and reogranize my tree, and with a single, low bandwidth push, sync it out to all the (online) clones. It doesn't quite stop there -- thanks to this list, I had a great suggestion to make it use arbitrary key-value backends to store the content. As a proof of concept, I made a simple URL backend, that just downloads file contents from the web. It should be able to be hooked up to something like Taho-LAFFS, or whatever. -- see shy jo
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