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Git Version Control Cookbook

By : Aske Olsson, Rasmus Voss
Book Image

Git Version Control Cookbook

By: Aske Olsson, Rasmus Voss

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Git Version Control Cookbook
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Back up your repositories as mirror repositories

Though Git is distributed and every clone essentially is a backup, there are some tricks that can be useful when backing up Git repositories. A normal Git repository has a working copy of the files it tracks and the full history of the repository in the .git folder of that repository. The repositories on the server, the one you push to and pull from, will usually be bare repositories. A bare repository is a repository without a working copy. Roughly, it is just the .git folder of a normal repository. A mirror repository is almost the same as a bare repository, except it fetches all the references under refs/*, where a bare only fetches the references that fall under refs/heads/*. We'll now take a closer look at a normal, a bare, and a mirror clone of the Jgit repository.

Getting ready

We'll start by creating three clones of the Jgit repository, a normal, a bare, and a mirror clone. When we create the first clone, we can use that as a reference...