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From: Duy Nguyen <>
To: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <>
Cc: Git Mailing List <>,
	Junio C Hamano <>,
	Christian Couder <>
Subject: Re: git gc --auto yelling at users where a repo legitimately has >6700 loose objects
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:41:32 +0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 7:07 PM, Duy Nguyen <> wrote:
>> More generally, these hard limits seem contrary to what the user cares
>> about. E.g. I suspect that most of these loose objects come from
>> branches since deleted in upstream, whose objects could have a different
>> retention policy.
> Er.. what retention policy? I think gc.pruneExpire is the only thing
> that can keep loose objects around?

Er... I think I know what you meant now. Loose objects can come from
three sources: worktree (git-hash-object and friends),
git-unpack-objects and unreachable objects in packs released back by

The last one could be a result of a branch deletion like you said.
Depending on the branch size, you could release back a large amount of
objects in loose form at the same time. This really skews my "create
time distributed equally" model and the new estimation in
too_many_objects() probably won't help you much either. If only we
have a way to count all these objects as "one"... but putting these
back in a pack hurts obj lookup performance...

  reply	other threads:[~2018-01-12 13:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-01-11 21:33 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-01-12 12:07 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-01-12 13:41   ` Duy Nguyen [this message]
2018-01-12 14:44   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-01-13 10:07     ` Jeff King
2018-01-12 13:46 ` Jeff King
2018-01-12 14:23   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-01-13  9:58     ` Jeff King
2018-02-08 16:23 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason

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