The key to making this work is to begin by cloning a bundle that starts from the beginning of the repo history:
git bundle create initial.bundle master git tag -f some_previous_tag master # so the whole repo does not have to go each time
getting that initial bundle to the remote machine; and
git clone -b master initial.bundle remote_repo_name
Sometimes you may want maintain versions of a git repository on machines that have no network connection. Bundles allow you to package git objects and references in a repository on one machine and import those into a repository on another.
git tag 2016_07_24 git bundle create changes_between_tags.bundle [some_previous_tag]..2016_07_24
Somehow transfer the changes_between_tags.bundle file to the remote machine; e.g., via thumb drive. Once you have it there:
git bundle verify changes_between_tags.bundle # make sure bundle arrived intact git checkout [some branch] # in the repo on the remote machine git bundle list-heads changes_between_tags.bundle # list the references in the bundle git pull changes_between_tags.bundle [reference from the bundle, e.g. last field from the previous output]
The reverse is also possible. Once you've made changes on the remote repository you can bundle up the deltas; put the changes on, e.g., a thumb drive, and merge them back into the local repository so the two can stay in sync without requiring direct
http protocol access between the machines.