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Re: [PATCH] fetch-pack: binary search when storing wanted-refs

On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 02:11:10PM -0700, Jonathan Tan wrote:

> In do_fetch_pack_v2(), the "sought" array is sorted by name, and it is
> not subsequently reordered (within the function). Therefore,
> receive_wanted_refs() can assume that "sought" is sorted, and can thus
> use a binary search when storing wanted-refs retrieved from the server.
> Replace the existing linear search with a binary search. This improves
> performance significantly when mirror cloning a repository with more
> than 1 million refs.

This looks good.

The flow in do_fetch_pack_v2() is a little funny. I wanted to
double-check that we always sorted the sought list, because it only
happens in the CHECK_LOCAL state of the state machine.

But as far as I can tell we always begin the function in CHECK_LOCAL, it
always transitions out to another state, and we never go back to it. So
all of that part of the state-machine switch could really just be done
once before entering the state-machine's while loop.

Not really relevant to your patch, but maybe worth tweaking separately
(or maybe not, if people find the all-in-a-state-machine style more
readable; I found it more confusing to reason about).

> +static int cmp_name_ref(const void *name, const void *ref)
> +{
> +	return strcmp(name, (*(struct ref **)ref)->name);
> +}

After some errors with qsort comparison functions a while back[1], I
double-checked that this has the right number of asterisks. I believe it
does. :)


[1] https://public-inbox.org/git/d1b58614-989f-5998-6c53-c19eee409a2f@xxxxxx/
    and the child thread it spawned are interesting reading, though I
    don't think we ever followed up on it.