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Git Repository Backup Techniques

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Aug 13, 2021 at 04:49
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Backup software has a silver medal in the cybersecurity tools competition (the gold still belongs to antivirus software). Nowadays we all know that it is crucial to make encrypted copies of documents and files. But we still forget about one of the most important business assets - source code. We assume that Git, the most popular version control system, will protect it for us. Some of us even think Git is a backup itself. Wrong! Let’s check how we can protect our repositories and metadata. 

Git clone

Git gives us some built-in tools to do backups of repositories and metadata. One of them is the Git clone function. It allows cloning an entire repository where each local clone is a full copy of the entire repo. Thus we should be able to restore the entire repo from this clone copy. In theory because the reality seems a bit different because we can parameterize the function. So depending on the given parameters, the local copy does not have to exactly 1 to 1 with what is on the external server.

Git bundle

We can also use a bundle function to make a DIY git backup script. Just like cloning, it downloads a copy of the repository to our local disk. However, there is a fundamental difference between these functions. The bundle downloads a single archive-file with all the necessary data to restore the repository (more here: It is not widely used in everyday work, because we are not able to work with the repository downloaded in this way. But based on this archive, we can easily recreate our entire repository.

So now, when we know how functions like clone or bundle work, we can use them to build our own git repository backup script. We can also add Git pull calls to keep files updated. But this could be very problematic because the script needs to be updated and maintained on a nearly daily basis. Besides, the script itself is not enough - we need to consider the cost of local or cloud storage, administration, the cost of our employees' work, and finally - the cost of the script for data restore (yes, you need another script to restore data). While in the beginning, it seems quick and easy, and turns out to be an expensive nightmare over time.

Git backup software

Popular hosting services such as Github or Bitbucket encourage the use of Third-party tools to do automatic, recurring backups. So using such tools - like - seems to be the best solution. Why? Third-party Git backup tools provide us with encryption, versioning, long-term retention (and even archive possibilities), central management, remote access, multi-storage compatibility, and more. Backups perform according to plans that are fully customized and meet any business needs. And you don’t even have to manage it - it works automatically and you are up to date with email notifications and audit logs. No special IT skills are required. And most of all - it does not accumulate costs over time. And even better - you can focus on your own business, generate growth and stop worrying about your source code - it's reliably protected, accessible and recoverable.

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Sep 19, 2021 at 02:44
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Thank you for sharing this method. Backup serves as a lifeline that will help restore your data, because it may be impossible to restore important documents without it. I have been using Advanced Mac Backup Software for this purpose for a long time, and this is the best solution to protect myself
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