Workarounds for dealing with binary files on your git repository
Internally GitLab uses GitLab Shell to handle ssh access and this was a great integration point for git-annex. Of course we are very thankful for the awesome git-annex software that makes all of this possible. It was mainly written by Joey Hess whose work is sponsored by community fundraisers. It may be interesting to know that git-annex is written in Haskell , making it very fast and reliable.
We look forward to feedback and enhancements from the rest of the community. For example, it would be nice if the GitLab UI shows the file size of the large file instead of the symlink. But let's first celebrate this milestone, being able to easily version control your large files! The video is raw and unedited. No credit card required. Install GitLab on your own server in 2 minutes Let's do it! GitLab Annex solves the problem of versioning large binaries with git via sytses Click to tweet!
This can be a huge ball-ache. It first uses git filter-branch to remove the files from the commits, and then deletes the relevant caches of the files.
Then do the following:. Now make absolutely sure this version of the repository replaces all copies of your repository immediately. I recently started learning Python and Django, and so I've been working out how to setup a good virtual environment. Here's how to do it the native way in Python 3. Delta compression using up to 4 threads. This is because we need to know the most recent good commit.
You get that information by opening a git command prompt and typing:. Remember that git uses pointers to determine where in the repository the head or current branch are located. Because of this, the repository state that you are interested in will be at some point in the past. To 'go back in time' and make that prior desired state the new current state, you will need to use the git rebase command:. The -i switch provides a little extra safety, because it will bring up the history in an editor My implementation of git on the command line in Windows brings up the classic vi editor, which you may remember if you've worked with a Unix-based system.
When everything looks as you want it, in vi , type ": Now type git log again - the offending branch should be absent from the log. If it is, you are ready for the final step, which requires project admin permissions. If you are using VSTS, you may need to set up an alternate credential that doesn't use special characters such as the " " in an email address. To do this, follow the instructions here. Now, the branch will be permanently gone from the server, and subsequent clones and syncs by project team members will not download the large files we were trying to remove.
Users will need to pull down from the server in order to make sure that they are in sync with the new server repo state. If other users have already committed to the server repository, you have an additional consideration. You want to remove the branch that contains the large file s , but you don't want to lose changes the team has made. To address this, when you open the editor as part of rebasing, look carefully at the commits.
Make sure that those you want to retain are listed on the 'pick' lines; delete the ones you want to remove, such as where a large file was added.
Note that after rebasing, the other users on the team will also need to rebase so that everyone has a consistent copy of the server repository.
This is a pain for everyone and normally should be avoided.