On Mon, 2 Feb 2009, Michael Matz wrote:
What's actually even worse is that all those files are stored in the repo itself. So, while storing all text files (.spec, .changes, .diff and so on) for all packages in git, since the dawn of time, probably produces a git repo of reasonable size for everyone to have local, including the tarballs would be prohibitive.
I now counted. All sources of SuSE (ever checked into STABLE, since april 1998), multiple same files hardlinked (i.e. especially the tarballs take up space only once), with all text files uncompressed (i.e. exactly our usual source package directories) take up 294372148 KB == 280 GB.
A git repo of all that would take up similar amounts of space, perhaps some few gigs less (because of compressing and delta-packing the text files). I wouldn't want to have that local ;)