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Learning Git

Going through some papers today, I found an old print out of Git from the bottom up, a paper that really helped me get Git. From the intro:

Welcome to the world of Git. I hope this document will help to advance your understanding of this powerful content tracking system, and reveal a bit of the simplicity underlying it — however dizzying its array of options may seem from the outside.

It’s definitely worth a read if you’re having a hard time understanding why all the things that exist in git do. It’s not so much a working guide as a ground up intro to what’s actually going on when you do different things.

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bup: a backup system based on git packfiles

bup looks interesting.

Very efficient backup system based on the git packfile format, providing fast incremental saves and global deduplication (among and within files, including virtual machine images).