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From: Jonathan Tan <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Extending git-replace
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:11:56 -0800
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> 2) Some folks might be okay with a clone that won't pass fsck or
> prune, at least in special circumstances.  We're actually doing that
> on purpose to deal with one of our large repositories.  We don't
> provide that to normal developers, but we do use "cheap, fake clones"
> in our CI systems.  These slim clones have 99% of all objects, but
> happen to be missing the really big ones, resulting in only needing
> 1/7 of the time to download.  (And no, don't try to point out shallow
> clones to me.  I hate those things, they're an awful hack, *and* they
> don't work for us.  It's nice getting all commit history, all trees,
> and most blobs including all for at least the last two years while
> still saving lots of space.)
> [For the curious, I did make a simple script to create these "cheap,
> fake clones" for repositories of interest.  See
>  But they are
> definitely a hack with some sharp corners, with failing fsck and
> prunes only being part of the story.]

If you want to reduce the sharpness of the corners, it might be possible
to designate the pack with missing blobs as a promisor pack (add a
.promisor file - which is just like the .keep file except
s/keep/promisor/) and a fake promisor remote. That will make fsck and
repack (GC) work.

> 3) Back to your idea...
> What you're proposing actually sounds very similar to partial clones,
> whose idea is to make it okay to download a subset of history.  The
> primary problems with partial clones are (a) they are still under
> development and are just experimental, (b) they are currently
> implemented with a "promisor" mode, meaning that if a command tries to
> run over any piece of missing data then the command pauses while the
> objects are downloaded from the server.  I want an offline mode (even
> if I'm online) where only explicit downloading from the server (clone,
> fetch, etc.) occurs.

David Turner had an idea of what could be done (instead of fetching) in
such an offline mode [1], so I replied there.


> Instead of inventing yet another partial-clone-like thing, it'd be
> nice if your new mechanism could just be implemented in terms of
> partial clones, extending them as you need.  I don't like the idea of
> supporting multiple competing implementations of partial clones
> withing git.git, but if it's just some extensions of the existing
> capability then it sounds great.  But you may want to talk with
> Jonathan Tan if you want to go this route (cc'd), since he's the
> partial clone expert.

Ah, thanks for your kind words.

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Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-01-14  5:33 Kaushik Srenevasan
2020-01-14  6:55 ` Elijah Newren
2020-01-14 19:11   ` Jonathan Tan [this message]
2020-01-16  3:30   ` Kaushik Srenevasan
2020-01-14 18:19 ` David Turner
2020-01-14 19:03   ` Jonathan Tan
2020-01-14 20:39     ` Elijah Newren
2020-01-14 21:57       ` Jonathan Tan
2020-01-14 22:46         ` Elijah Newren

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