Git Large File Storage

Using an open source Git extension for versioning large files

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Step 0. Make sure you have GitHub client installed

Open the terminal

$git --version

Step 1. Download the Git command line extension

Click the link and download the archive.

Step 2. Unpack the archive

Go to the directory with archive and unpack it

$cd ~/Downloads
$tar -xf git-lfs-linux-amd64-v2.9.0.tar.gz

Step 3. Install the extension

To install, type

$chmod 755
$sudo ./

and you will get message that the extension initialized alt text

Step 4. Add Git LFS hooks to the repository

In your repository direcotry, run

$git lfs install

You’ll need to run this in your repository directory, once per repository.

How to use Git LFS

Git LFS can be used when you want to version large files, usually, valuable output data, which is larger than Github limit (100Mb). These files can be plain text or binaries.

ARFC Git Large File Storage is quite large, but be respectful to your colleagues and make sure you store only valuable data of reasonable (100Mb-5Gb) size. Consider using alternative storage options such as Box if version control is not necessary or if files of a larger size need to be stored.

To version large files in your repository:

  1. Select the file types you would like Git LFS to manage (i.e., Serpent ouput files has extension .m)

    git lfs track "*.m"

    Make sure .gitattributes is tracked

    git add .gitattributes

    You can always check tracked file types

    vi .gitattributes

    Do it from the top level directory of the repository.

  2. Success! Just commit and push to GitHub as you normally would

    git add ubattery_dep.m
    git commit -am "Add isotopic composition after depletion"
    git push origin master