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Re: reftable [v5]: new ref storage format

On Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 07:41:43AM -0700, Shawn Pearce wrote:

> > As such if JGit wanted to use a longer key size, it is possible to implement
> > similar automatic builds and packaging into JGit.
> I don't know if we need a larger key size. $DAY_JOB limits ref names
> to ~200 bytes in a hook. I think GitHub does similar. But I'm worried
> about the general masses who might be using our software and expect
> ref names thus far to be as long as PATH_MAX on their system. Most
> systems run PATH_MAX around 1024.

GitHub limits to 255 (for the fully-qualified name, so including
"refs/heads/"). I don't recall ever seeing any complaints about that,
though I suppose it's not out of the realm of possibility for somebody
with a multi-byte encoding to hit with a real name (it's configurable,
so I'm not sure if Enterprise customers in Asia might ever bump it).  I
do think something like 1024 would be well into "you're insane if you
really want to name your branch this" territory.