A repository (or "repo") is a folder structure stored in Git. The root of a repository is the base folder you want to store. A repository acts like a typical directory, but is technically different as it stores hidden context about the changes to the root folder and all of the subfolders under the root. Copia enables you to have limitless repositories, and each repository can be of any size.
Only account holders with Administrator or Owner level access can create repositories. When you create a repository, you are essentially creating a folder that you can add files and subfolders to. There are a few options when creating a repository:
- Creating a new repository (Copia Web App or Desktop App)
- Creating a new repository from an existing, local folder (Copia Desktop App)
- Creating a new repository from a template (Copia Web App)
If you create a repository using the Copia Web App, you will need to clone that repository to your local machine. If you create a repository using the Copia Desktop App, you will typically publish that repository to the remote Copia server.
In the controls world, you may use one repository to represent a project for a client, a manufacturing site, or a zone within a manufacturing site. However, as you grow more comfortable with Git, it will make sense to define your own best practices that cater to your organizational needs.