[Exherbo-dev] git-annex for distfiles

Bernd Steinhauser exherbo at bernd-steinhauser.de
Mon Mar 4 22:20:04 UTC 2013

On 20/02/13 18:17, Ali Polatel wrote:
> git-annex is a way to manage files with git without checking their
> contents into git¹. There have been some chit-chat about using git-annex
> for distfiles management on IRC but we never really discussed it
> thoroughly.
> git-annex may provide several advantages to our distfiles management.
> One of the main advantages is integrity checking of files managed by
> git-annex². The users can use several remotes which make it a practical
> way to handle mirrors for them³.
> The deployment may not look simple at first sight but I do not think
> this is the case. git-annex is written in Haskell but it is fairly easy
> to build it as a static linked binary which may be distributed in
> ::arbor and stages. I have been using this approach with our radio
> station for a while now and haven't had any problems⁴. We can also use
> git-annex' special "web" remote to distribute files through http protocol⁵.
> The special remotes and especially the "hook" remote can even make it
> possible to distribute files via p2p or other protocols⁶.
> CC'ing infra monkeys for comments.
> Please discuss!
> ¹: http://git-annex.branchable.com/git-annex/
>   http://lwn.net/Articles/419241/
> ²: http://git-annex.branchable.com/backends/
> ³: http://git-annex.branchable.com/transferring_data/
> ⁴: http://dev.exherbo.org/~alip/scripts/cabal-annex
> ⁵: http://git-annex.branchable.com/special_remotes/
>   http://git-annex.branchable.com/special_remotes/web/
> http://git-annex.branchable.com/tips/using_the_web_as_a_special_remote/
> ⁶: http://git-annex.branchable.com/special_remotes/hook/
>         -alip
I suggested this last september, but unfortunately, the interest didn't seem to 
be too large.
I still think that this can actually save us lot of trouble, so I'm all for it.

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