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Git Large File Storage
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I finally have reached the stage of adding
.mov files to my Github repositories, and was made aware of the need to use
Git Large File Storage. I never thought I would have to download it (with
Homebrew of course), but the other morning I finally had to take the plunge.
So what is
Git Large File Storage (
LFS)? It is an open source
Git extension for versioning large files. It replaces large files such as
text pointers inside
Git, while storing the file contents on a remote server like
First I had to install the
Git command line extension. I did this with
Homebrew by typing the following command in
Terminal followed by pressing the
brew install git-lfs
Then I executed the following command in
git lfs install
I only need to run this once per user account.
In each repository where I want to use
Git LFS, I select the
file types I'd like
Git LFS to manage. Or I can directly edit my
.gitattributes file. I have to track
.mov files, so I did the following in the repository I was working on:
git lfs track "*.mov"
Then I make sure to add my .gitattributes to the staging area, and then commit it.
If you have pre-existing files that you need to convert to
Git LFS within your repository, such as on other branches or in your prior commit history in your repository, you have to use the
git lfs migrate command, which has options designed to suit various use cases.
After you have tracked the files you want to track and committed the
.gitattributes file, then you can simply
commit your files and
push them to
origin master. And that is it!
I will be embedding this episode of Plugging in The Holes along with a transcript in the form of a post on interglobalmedianetwork.com for your hearing and reading pleasure. I will be including the related resource links mentioned in the podcast of course. Always do. Bye for now!