Hello everyone. I could use some pointers from experienced users. Here is my use-case:
I have a number of portable storage devices where I store media files. They serve a number of purposes:
as archives and backup where I put away the data I am not using to allow for more free space on my work PC;
as storage for the media I play on a media playing device (that only supports Windows filesystems);
as transport medium to share files with other people (that are Windows-users).
I wanted to use git-annex to manage/organize/locate all these devices, but without breaking too much my system. Most files are not super-important, and I intend to keep multiple copies of those that are. The main issue is that points 2 and 3 require that the real files need to be accessible directly. I could work around this using an extra device, but that would be much less practical, as I would need to go to the PC and transfer the large files over USB, so I am trying to avoid that.
Here is what I learned so far:
Indirect mode is OK on my PC. No problem there. However, it won't work on VFAT or NTFS, so I can't use it on the portable devices.
Direct mode seems to work fine on the portable devices, but is now deprecated. It won't work on the V6 repositories.
The new V6 repositories allows for the unlocking of files, replacing the link-like files (on Windows filesystems) with the real files, that allows me to browse them on the media player (by path and name). I did not find a way to keep them always unlocked by default, so I guess I would need to unlock them manually. Also, I would be keeping an extra copy of each file, since
annex.thinwon't work. In addition, as I don't expect to be editing any these files (not on these devices, at least), the loss of half the storage capacity is wasteful and undesirable.
rsyncdo not keep the original structure of the system, and for this reason do not fit for my purposes.
For now I can create V5 repositories and use direct mode on the external devices. I think this could work quite well, but I have the following questions:
Am I missing something that could help me?
Will using V5 repositories be somewhat future-proof? I mean, will I be able to create V5 repositories in the future? How much of a bad idea would it be to start using git-annex depending on "old versions"? I understand that direct mode will continue to be supported, but deprecation indicates it is a bad idea.
I am guessing that "direct mode" will not be making a comeback, but it does have its uses — however, I did not expect that my case was an unusual one. Is there anything on V6 repositories that would make new version more adequate to my requirements? I would not mind having the files read-only or facing similar restrictions if it helped simplify things.
Thank you for your time.