Re: We should add a "git gc --auto" after "git clone" due to commit graph
- Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2018 16:22:12 +0200
- From: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: We should add a "git gc --auto" after "git clone" due to commit graph
On Wed, Oct 03 2018, SZEDER Gábor wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 03, 2018 at 04:01:40PM +0200, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 03 2018, SZEDER Gábor wrote:
>> > On Wed, Oct 03, 2018 at 03:23:57PM +0200, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:
>> >> Don't have time to patch this now, but thought I'd send a note / RFC
>> >> about this.
>> >> Now that we have the commit graph it's nice to be able to set
>> >> e.g. core.commitGraph=true & gc.writeCommitGraph=true in ~/.gitconfig or
>> >> /etc/gitconfig to apply them to all repos.
>> >> But when I clone e.g. linux.git stuff like 'tag --contains' will be slow
>> >> until whenever my first "gc" kicks in, which may be quite some time if
>> >> I'm just using it passively.
>> >> So we should make "git gc --auto" be run on clone,
>> > There is no garbage after 'git clone'...
>> "git gc" is really "git gc-or-create-indexes" these days.
> Because it happens to be convenient to create those indexes at
> gc-time. But that should not be an excuse to run gc when by
> definition no gc is needed.
Ah, I thought you just had an objection to the "gc" name being used for
non-gc stuff, but if you mean we shouldn't do a giant repack right after
clone I agree. I meant that "gc --auto" would learn to do a subset of
its work, instead of the current "I have work to do, let's do all of
So we wouldn't be spending 5 minutes repacking linux.git right after
cloning it, just ~10s generating the commit graph, and the same would
happen if you rm'd .git/objects/info/commit-graph and ran "git commit",
which would kick of "gc --auto" in the background and do the same thing.