Last time I posted about git-annex, I introduced it and described the basics of my set up. Over the past year, I’ve added quite a bit of data to my main git-annex. It manages just over 100G of data for me across 9 repositories. Here’s a few bits of information that may be useful to others considering git-annex (or who are already knee deep in). Archive, not backup The website for git-annex explicitly states that it is not a backup system.
My Situation I have backups. Many backups. Too many backups. I use time machine to back up my macs, but that only covers the systems that I currently run. I have archives of older systems, some for nostalgic reasons, some for reference. I also have a decent set of digital artifacts (pictures, videos and documents) that I’d rather not lose. So I keep backups. Unfortunately, I’m not very organized. When I encounter data that I want to keep, I usually rsync it onto one or another external drive or server.