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Re: git svn clone/fetch hits issues with gc --auto

On Tue, Oct 09 2018, Martin Langhoff wrote:

> Hi folks,
> Long time no see! Importing a 3GB (~25K revs, tons of files) SVN repo
> I hit the gc error:
> warning: There are too many unreachable loose objects; run 'git prune'
> to remove them.
> gc --auto: command returned error: 255
> I don't seem to be the only one --
> https://stackoverflow.com/questions/35738680/avoiding-warning-there-are-too-many-unreachable-loose-objects-during-git-svn
> Looking at code history, it dropped the ability to pass options to git
> repack when it was converted it to using git gc.
> Experimentally I find that tweaking it to run git gc --auto
> --prune=5.minutes.ago works well, while --prune=now breaks it.
> Attempts to commit fail with missing objects.
> - Why does --prune=now break it? Perhaps "gc" runs in the background,
> and races with the commit being prepared?
> - Would it be safe, sane to apply --prune=some.value on _clone_?
> - During _fetch_, --prune=some.value seems risky. In a checkout being
> actively used for development or merging it'd risk pruning objects
> users expect to be there for recovery. Would there be a safe, sane
> way?
> - Is there a safer, saner value than 5 minutes?

What you've found is the least sucky way to work around this right now,
but see my
https://public-inbox.org/git/87inc89j38.fsf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/ and
https://public-inbox.org/git/87d0vmck55.fsf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/ for
some prior (and recent) discussion of this problem on-list.

FWIW this has nothing to do with git-svn per-se, and also e.g. happens
to me when I do a 'git fetch --all' sometimes on git.git.