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Do I have to download all files or selectively to work on GIT

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If I create a git repo for multiple projects, for example ALL projects that my team works on, when they clone and pull, do they have to download all the files? Can they sort of selectively download the files they may want to read or work on?
The idea is I want to track a bunch of projects for my team ... so i was thinking to make a repo that contains something like this:

./MyTEAM/./MyTEAM/Project_A/
./MyTEAM/Project_A/Some_Files/
./MyTEAM/Project_A/Some_More_Files/
./MyTEAM/Project_B/
./MyTEAM/Project_C/

Then the entire team can contribute to any of the projects they may be working on, but they should not have to download every single file when they clone .. is that possible?
Basically I do not want to have to create a repo for every single project .. is that what people normally do?

posted Jul 1, 2013 by anonymous

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I believe that one could create a repo with one branch for each project -- that is, the branches would be *completely different* from each other. Since you can pull single branches from a master repository, you should be able to create a dependent repository that contains only the history of the one project.

OTOH, Git isn't designed to be used this way, so there are probably a whole bunch of operational problems in implementing this idea.

answer Jul 2, 2013 by anonymous
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