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How is a bare repository different from the standard way of initializing a Git repository?

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Using the standard method:

git init

You create a working directory with git init

A .git subfolder is created with all the git-related revision history

Using the bare way

git init --bare

It does not contain any working or checked out a copy of source files

Bare repositories store git revision history in the root folder of your repository, instead of the .git subfolder