Re: Git for Tech Pubs [was FW: L@@king for recommendations for a doc source-file management system....]

Subject: Re: Git for Tech Pubs [was FW: L@@king for recommendations for a doc source-file management system....]
From: Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:11:49 -0800

Steve, what is the source format for your docs? Is it something like binary FrameMaker files or something? Or is it text files like HTML, Markdown, DITA, DocBook, etc?

If your source is text-based and you have some graphics files also, there should not be a problem with Git. I recently worked on a large set of docs in DITA with quite a few graphics, all stored in Git, and there was no problem with the binary graphics files.

In my experience it's about the same with other source control programs like Subversion, Perforce, etc: doc source files in text with a few graphics files is not a big deal.

But if you are using binary FrameMaker or Word files for doc source, it still might work with Git. It seems to me that any source control program is going to have the same kind of trouble with a lot of binary files. They are designed to work with text files.

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin Consulting, Inc.
http://www.markgiffin.com/

On 20-Nov-18 3:10 PM, Janoff, Steven wrote:

Picking up on this thread from Sept.

Tony, you'd confirmed what I'd thought about Git causing bloat.

What I wonder about though is that Git seems to be gaining ground in the Tech Comm industry.

I'm sure it's great for API/SDK documents where there's heavy text and few images or other binary files.

Are we just stuck with it as is, if we have lots of binary files?

Thanks,

Steve


On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:49 AM, Tony Chung wrote:

Git isnât recommended for binary files because its benefit of storing changes only is negated, and bloats the repo for all users. Most FM and Word shops I know use SVN or VSS.

-Tony

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