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From: "Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget" <>
Cc: Teng Long <>, Derrick Stolee <>
Subject: [PATCH v2 2/3] clone: document --partial and --filter options
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 15:25:59 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

From: Derrick Stolee <>

The previous change added the "--partial[=<size>]" option to
"git clone" equivalent to "--filter=blob:none" or
"--filter=blob:limit=<size>" but did not document that addition.
It turns out that the "--filter=<filter-spec>" option was not
documented anywhere in the "git clone" page, and instead is
detailed carefully in "git rev-list" where it serves a
different purpose.

Add a small bit about these options in the documentation. It
would be worth some time to create a subsection in the "git clone"
documentation about partial clone as a concept and how it can be
a surprising experience. For example, "git checkout" will likely
trigger a pack download.

Signed-off-by: Derrick Stolee <>
 Documentation/git-clone.txt | 15 ++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-clone.txt b/Documentation/git-clone.txt
index bf24f1813ad..eafa1c39927 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-clone.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-clone.txt
@@ -15,7 +15,8 @@ SYNOPSIS
 	  [--dissociate] [--separate-git-dir <git dir>]
 	  [--depth <depth>] [--[no-]single-branch] [--no-tags]
 	  [--recurse-submodules[=<pathspec>]] [--[no-]shallow-submodules]
-	  [--[no-]remote-submodules] [--jobs <n>] [--sparse] [--] <repository>
+	  [--[no-]remote-submodules] [--jobs <n>] [--sparse]
+	  [--partial[=<size>]|--filter=<filter>] [--] <repository>
@@ -162,6 +163,18 @@ objects from the source repository into a pack in the cloned repository.
 	of the repository. The sparse-checkout file can be
 	modified to grow the working directory as needed.
+	Use the partial clone feature and request that the server sends
+	a subset of reachable objects according to a given object filter.
+	When using `--filter`, the supplied `<filter-spec>` is used for
+	the partial clone filter. When using `--partial` with no `<size>`,
+	the `blob:none` filter is applied to filter all blobs. When using
+	`--partial=<size>` the `blob:limit=<size>` filter is applied to
+	filter all blobs with size larger than `<size>`. For more details
+	on filter specifications, see the `--filter` option in
+	linkgit:git-rev-list[1].
 	Set up a mirror of the source repository.  This implies `--bare`.
 	Compared to `--bare`, `--mirror` not only maps local branches of the

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-04-13 15:26 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 24+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-02  2:02 [PATCH] clone: document partial clone section Teng Long via GitGitGadget
2020-04-02 11:29 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-02 17:37 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-02 17:52   ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-13 15:25 ` [PATCH v2 0/3] " Teng Long via GitGitGadget
2020-04-13 15:25   ` [PATCH v2 1/3] partial-clone: set default filter with --partial Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget
2020-04-13 15:25   ` Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget [this message]
2020-04-13 15:26   ` [PATCH v2 3/3] clone: document partial clone section Dyrone Teng via GitGitGadget
2020-10-27 13:41     ` Philippe Blain
2020-04-13 22:45   ` [PATCH v2 0/3] " Junio C Hamano
2020-04-14 13:43     ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-14 16:25       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-14 16:26         ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-14 13:42   ` Derrick Stolee
2020-10-27  3:12   ` [PATCH v3] " Teng Long via GitGitGadget
2020-10-27 13:13     ` Philippe Blain
2020-10-27 18:51       ` Junio C Hamano
2021-02-25  9:13     ` [PATCH v4] " Teng Long via GitGitGadget
2021-02-25 13:38       ` Philippe Blain
2021-03-02 14:25       ` [PATCH v5] " Teng Long via GitGitGadget
2021-03-03 19:25         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-06  6:27           ` Fix inconsistent signed-off-by abd author name Teng Long
2021-05-06  6:30         ` [PATCH 1/1] clone: document partial clone section Teng Long
2021-05-07  4:00           ` Bagas Sanjaya

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