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

On 03/04/18 19:28, Jeff King 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), 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.

I didn't read the patches closely, but isn't it ~20,000 years?

Given that '#define GENERATION_NUMBER_MAX 0x3FFFFFFF', that is. ;-)

Ramsay Jones