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From: Jeff King <>
To: Jonathan Nieder <>
Cc: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <>,
	Clemens Buchacher <>,, Junio C Hamano <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/4] Speed up git tag --contains
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 03:03:11 -0400
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20110706065623.GB14164@elie>

On Wed, Jul 06, 2011 at 01:56:23AM -0500, Jonathan Nieder wrote:

> Jeff King wrote:
> > The problem is that existing objects don't have this generation number.
> > It's easy to calculate, though, and we could in theory use a notes-cache
> > to store it externally. Obviously the complexity and performance aren't
> > going to be as good as if it were just in the commit object, but we're
> > sadly 6 years too late to make that decision.
> I am still digesting the rest of what you wrote, but wouldn't this be
> easy to do today?  One could just use a notes-cache while prototyping
> and if it seems to work well, introduce new loose and packed object
> formats that include a field for the cached generation number.

Yes, that's exactly how to do it. I'm just not sure "introduce new loose
and packed object formats" is "easy to do". Though I'm not sure we need
new formats. It is really just a new header in the commit object. And if
we write the code carefully, we should be able to transparently use
newly-generated objects with the field, and fall back to a notes-cache
(with autogeneration) when it isn't there.

Existing git will ignore the new generation field. It does mean that old
and new git will generate different sha1s for the exact same commit. I
don't know how big a deal this is in practice. It matters a lot more for
blobs and trees. But for commits, even if you are replaying a commit,
you should be updating the commit timestamp, which is going to give a
new sha1.

The other thing I worry about is performance. You are building a full
notes tree and looking up every commit in the traversal. I don't know
how bad that will be (though from my other back-of-the-envelope tests,
it may not actually be that bad; notes were designed to be fast for
exactly this case).


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Thread overview: 28+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2011-06-11 19:04 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2011-06-11 19:04 ` [PATCH 1/4] tag: speed up --contains calculation Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2011-06-11 19:04 ` [PATCH 2/4] limit "contains" traversals based on commit timestamp Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2011-06-11 19:04 ` [PATCH 3/4] default core.clockskew variable to one day Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2011-06-11 19:04 ` [PATCH 4/4] Why is "git tag --contains" so slow? Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2011-07-06  6:40 ` [PATCH 0/4] Speed up git tag --contains Jeff King
2011-07-06  6:54   ` Jeff King
2011-07-06 19:06     ` Clemens Buchacher
2011-07-06  6:56   ` Jonathan Nieder
2011-07-06  7:03     ` Jeff King [this message]
2011-07-06 14:26       ` generation numbers (was: [PATCH 0/4] Speed up git tag --contains) Jakub Narebski
2011-07-06 15:01         ` Ted Ts'o
2011-07-06 18:12           ` Jeff King
2011-07-06 18:46             ` Jakub Narebski
2011-07-07 18:59               ` Jeff King
2011-07-07 19:34                 ` generation numbers Junio C Hamano
2011-07-07 20:31                   ` Jakub Narebski
2011-07-07 20:52                     ` A Large Angry SCM
2011-07-08  0:29                       ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-08 22:57                   ` Jeff King
2011-07-06 23:22             ` Junio C Hamano
2011-07-07 19:08               ` Jeff King
2011-07-07 20:10                 ` Jakub Narebski
2018-01-12 18:56   ` [PATCH 0/4] Speed up git tag --contains csilvers
2018-03-03  5:15     ` Jeff King
2018-03-08 23:05       ` csilvers
2018-03-12 13:45       ` Derrick Stolee
2018-03-12 23:59         ` Jeff King

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