fedorahosted git repo too large

Jeroen van Meeuwen kanarip at kanarip.com
Wed Aug 6 09:23:42 UTC 2008

Nigel Jones wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-08-05 at 23:44 -0400, Todd Zullinger wrote:
>> Yuan Yijun wrote:
>>> I just tried to download revisor git with this command "git pull
>>> http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/revisor master". I have to repeat
>>> 4-5 times since it breaks during downloading. The .git folder is
>>> about 58MB. After "git gc --aggressive" it becomes only 6MB.
>>> Anyone please run gc on server?
>> Perhaps better would be repack.  There was a recent thread on the git
>> list and one of the developers pointed out an older mail from Linus
>> where he described gc --aggressive as "mostly dumb" and recommended
>> that using something like "repack -a -d -f --depth=250 --window=250"
>> instead.
>> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.gcc.devel/94613
> That's actually a very useful article and the methods/reasons behind it
> sound quite sane and it could be a useful approach for us.
> I'll try this out on one of the smaller repos (a copy of course) and see
> what happens.

We've ended up doing this live as well and I'm happy with the few stabs 
I took at seeing if everything still works.

Feel free to make this a regular thing on the revisor repo and I'll 
report if anything breaks, so that if it doesn't, this could maybe 
become a regular thing to do on all repos?

Kind regards,

Jeroen van Meeuwen

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