I am looking for opinions on how to handle large binary files on which my source code (web application) is dependent. We are currently discussing several alternatives:
- Copy the binary files by hand.
- Pro: Not sure.
- Contra: I am strongly against this, as it increases the likelihood of errors when setting up a new site/migrating the old one. Builds up another hurdle to take.
- Manage them all with Git.
- Pro: Removes the possibility to 'forget' to copy a important file
- Contra: Bloats the repository and decreases flexibility to manage the code-base and checkouts, clones, etc. will take quite a while.
- Separate repositories.
- Pro: Checking out/cloning the source code is fast as ever, and the images are properly archived in their own repository.
- Contra: Removes the simpleness of having the one and only Git repository on the project. It surely introduces some other things I haven't thought about.
What are your experiences/thoughts regarding this?
Also: Does anybody have experience with multiple Git repositories and managing them in one project?
The files are images for a program which generates PDFs with those files in it. The files will not change very often (as in years), but they are very relevant to a program. The program will not work without the files.