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Re: [PATCH 2/6] commit: add generation number to struct commmit

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 11:28 AM, Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 03, 2018 at 11:05:36AM -0700, Brandon Williams wrote:
>> On 04/03, Derrick Stolee wrote:
>> > The generation number of a commit is defined recursively as follows:
>> >
>> > * If a commit A has no parents, then the generation number of A is one.
>> > * If a commit A has parents, then the generation number of A is one
>> >   more than the maximum generation number among the parents of A.
>> >
>> > Add a uint32_t generation field to struct commit so we can pass this
>> Is there any reason to believe this would be too small of a value in the
>> future?  Or is a 32 bit unsigned good enough?
> The linux kernel took ~10 years to produce 500k commits. Even assuming
> those were all linear (and they're not),

... which you meant in terms of DAG, where a linear history is the worst case
for generation numbers.

I first read it the other way round, as the best case w.r.t. timing

~/linux$ git log --oneline |wc -l
$ git log --oneline --since 2012 |wc -l
$ git log --oneline --since 2011 |wc -l

The number of commits is growing exponentially, though the exponential
part is very small and the YoY growth can be estimated using linear

In linux, the release is a natural synchronization point IIUC as well
as on a regular schedule. So an interesting question to ask there would
be whether the delta in generation number goes up over time, or if the
DAG just gets wider (=more parallel)

> that gives us ~80,000 years of
> leeway. So even if the pace of development speeds up or we have a
> quicker project, it still seems we have a pretty reasonable safety
> margin.

Thanks for the estimate.