Link: Git from the inside out

August 23, 2016

Mary Rose Cook's Git from the inside out is a highly detailed and thus fascinating recounting of exactly how Git's graph structure and on disk tracking of things works as you evolve a repository. I knew many of the broad strokes just from general git knowledge but the details are illuminating and quite useful, especially the details around what exactly happens and gets recorded where during more advanced operations like merges (especially with conflicts) and pulls.

(I care about git things at this level of detail because they let me understand what's going on and what I can do about it when things don't go the way I expect them to. I'm not left poking futilely at a black box; instead I have the reassuring feeling that I can at least peek inside.)

Written on 23 August 2016.
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