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Re: [PATCH/RFC 1/1] gc --auto: exclude the largest giant pack in low-memory config

Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy  <pclouds@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

> pack-objects could be a big memory hog especially on large repos,
> everybody knows that. The suggestion to stick a .keep file on the
> largest pack to avoid this problem is also known for a long time.

Yup, but not that it is not "largest" per-se.  The thing being large
is a mere consequence that it is the base pack that holds the bulk
of older parts of the history (e.g. the one that you obtained via
the initial clone).

> Let's do the suggestion automatically instead of waiting for people to
> come to Git mailing list and get the advice. When a certain condition
> is met, gc --auto create a .keep file temporary before repack is run,
> then remove it afterward.
> gc --auto does this based on an estimation of pack-objects memory
> usage and whether that fits in one third of system memory (the
> assumption here is for desktop environment where there are many other
> applications running).
> Since the estimation may be inaccurate and that 1/3 threshold is
> arbitrary, give the user a finer control over this mechanism as well:
> if the largest pack is larger than gc.bigPackThreshold, it's kept.

If this is a transient mechanism during a single gc session, it
would be far more preferrable if we can find a way to do this
without actually having a .keep file on the filesystem.