[GRLUG] git 'snapshots'

Jonathon Klobucar pilotplantpirate at gmail.com
Fri May 18 19:05:38 EDT 2012

Git snapshots the whole workspace in the repo and the next snapshot is the 'diff' which is more an object that is the changes since the last snapshot. snapshot is in essence a poor mans way of saying a commit. :)

Also, git is insanely fast comparatively to other systems and compacts the snapshots. 

-- Jon

On Friday, May 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM, Eric Beversluis wrote:

> I'm doing some reading about git and I'm confused by their 'snapshots.'
> Several things that I've read all seem to say that git doesn't use diffs
> but rather uses snapshots. If they don't use diffs, it seems to me that
> the snapshot must be the entire document, each time you commit. Yet it
> also seems to claim small size and high speed, with all the branches and
> versions on your local computer. I don't see how this can be.
> EB
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