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Re: commit-graph idea: warn when disabled for incompatible repositories

On 12/18/2018 9:22 AM, Thomas Ferris Nicolaisen wrote:
Hey there,

Hi, Thomas!

Accidentally, my first use-case was a local copy of a big repository
(chromium source) that another developer had cloned shallow (I wasn't
even aware of their clone being shallow at that point).

After spending a little time trying to figure out why no commit-graph
file was being created, I noticed that it worked just fine testing in
a fresh git repo.

Then I discovered the .git/shallow file in the big repo. So I did
fetch --unshallow, and commit-graph started working. Taking a 20
second log --graph operation down to less than a second (wooo!).

I saw some recent release notes that mentions that commit-graph is
disabled in incompatible repositories (graft, replace). I assume this
also be the case for shallow clones.

The commit-graph feature is not designed to work well with these features, and the "easy" fix we have so far is to completely avoid the interaction. The tricky bits come in when the commit parents can "change" according to these other features. The commit-graph would need to change at the same time, and this is actually very difficult to get correct.

Here's the idea that may help others on the same path: Some warning
output when attempting to use commit-graph when it is disabled (either
by configuration or automatically).

I think others that come across commit-graph may have tried such
tricks (like shallow clones) to better work with their repositories,
and it could be frustrating that commit-graph has no apparent effect.

This is a good idea, and I would happily review a patch that added such a warning.

The warning would want to be in builtin/commit-graph.c, and use the commit_graph_compatible() method from commit-graph.c. (You'll need to expose the method in the .h file.)