Summer of Code Proposal - Looking for a mentor

Matthew Woehlke mw_triad at
Wed Mar 11 23:47:43 GMT 2009

Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> On Tuesday 10 March 2009, Matthew Woehlke wrote:
>> (I have, at times, considered doing my backups to git, or at least
>> putting large chunks of my disk into a git repo. The biggest problem is
>> that - both to not use unreasonable amounts of space, and for
>> privacy/security reasons - you need something where you can purge
>> content, which most VCS's deliberately don't satisfy.)
> git can do that just fine, afaik. it's used often when merging branches to get 
> rid of "work in progress" type commits so they don't pollute the target 
> branch.

Well, sure, plus garbage collection of the detached branches. In fact 
I've done history rewriting, but it's not really "easy". To be useful as 
an actual FS, there needs to be a command that will purge a file and all 
historic instances of it. Then there needs to be a command that does the 
same but also runs 'shred' on the appropriate parts of the disk. That's 
not exactly git's strong suit.

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