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Re: [PATCH] clone: do faster object check for partial clones

On Wed, Apr 03, 2019 at 10:27:21AM -0700, Josh Steadmon wrote:

> For partial clones, doing a full connectivity check is wasteful; we skip
> promisor objects (which, for a partial clone, is all known objects), and
> excluding them all from the connectivity check can take a significant
> amount of time on large repos.
> At most, we want to make sure that we get the objects referred to by any
> wanted refs. For partial clones, just check that these objects were
> transferred.

This isn't strictly true, since we could get objects from elsewhere via
--shared or --reference. Those might not be promisor objects.

Shouldn't we be able to stop a traversal as soon as we see that an
object is in a promisor pack?

I.e., here:

> +	if (opt->check_refs_only) {
> +		/*
> +		 * For partial clones, we don't want to walk the full commit
> +		 * graph because we're skipping promisor objects anyway. We
> +		 * should just check that objects referenced by wanted refs were
> +		 * transferred.
> +		 */
> +		do {
> +			if (!repo_has_object_file(the_repository, &oid))
> +				return 1;
> +		} while (!fn(cb_data, &oid));
> +		return 0;
> +	}

for each object where you ask "do we have this?" we could, for the same
cost, ask "do we have this in a promisor pack?". And the answer would be
yes for each in a partial clone.

But that would also cleanly handle --shared, etc, that I mentioned. And
more importantly, it would _also_ work on fetches. If I fetch from you
and get a promisor pack, then there is no point in me enumerating every
tree you sent. As long as you gave me a tip tree, then you have promised
that you'd give me all the others if I ask.

So it seems like this should be a feature of the child rev-list, to stop
walking the graph at any object that is in a promisor pack.