Storing big files in a VCS repository

Adam Compton comptona at
Mon Jan 15 18:08:02 CET 2007

Joerg Lange wrote:
> Hi vcs-home,
> what do you do when you want to store "big" files, like MP3 or even Video
> Files in a VCS? When using subversion, it would duplicate the space 
> demand
> in the Working Directory, so a video of 600 MB would suddenly occupy 
> 1.2 GB.
> Are there any ways to get around this? Not using subversion as far as I
> know.
> Best regards,
> Joerg
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Hi Joerg,

Files that are large, binary, poorly-compressible, and which rarely 
change are generally not stored in Subversion, for exactly the reason 
you describe.

If you are concerned about automatic backups or versioning, the perhaps 
CVS would be a good choice.

If you are concerned about synchronization between multiple machines, 
then Unison[1] might be what you're looking for.

Does that help answer your question?

- Adam Compton


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