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Re: reftable: new ref storage format




On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Dave Borowitz <dborowitz@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 8:11 PM, Shawn Pearce <spearce@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> In another (Gerrit Code Review), we disable reflogs for
>> the insane refs/changes/ namespace, as nearly every reference is
>> created once, and never modified.
>
> Apologies for the tangent, but this is not true in the most recent
> Gerrit implementation. We update refs/changes/CD/ABCD/1 and
> refs/changes/CD/ABCD/meta in a single BatchRefUpdate, and we set a
> reflog message on the BatchRefUpdate instance, which updates the
> reflog for all refs in the batch. The reflog message on /meta is
> important, and arguably it's useful to be able to correlate that with
> the reflog on /1.
>
> If you think storing reflogs on patch set refs is going to be a
> problem wrt on-disk storage, we should discuss this offline :)

Reflog storage is a problem for Gerrit. It was a problem in early 2009
when servers had a lot less changes. Its going to be even more of a
problem now. Sounds like we have to support reflogs in reftable, or
something like it.