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From: "René Scharfe" <>
To: "Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason" <>
Cc: Jeff King <>, Derrick Stolee <>,, Yiyuan guo <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/5] pack-objects: clamp negative window size to 0
Date: Wed, 5 May 2021 18:19:06 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Am 05.05.21 um 13:53 schrieb Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason:
> On Tue, May 04 2021, René Scharfe wrote:
>> There's another option: Mapping -1 or all negative values to the
>> maximum:

> That seems sensible to expose, but I think should really be
> --window=max, not --window=-1. The latter feels way too much like
> assuming that a user might know about C's "set all bits" semantics.

Nitpicking: Setting all bits for -1 is done by two's complement, which
is just one of the signed number representations supported by C.

But yeah: A non-numeric value would probably be better in general.  As
Peff explained it's not a particularly good idea to specify the maximum
values of --depth and --window, though, so no need to make it easier.

> The one example of such a variable I could think of is core.abbrev=no,
> which could arguably benefit from a core.abbrev=max synonym.

core.abbrev=no turns off abbreviation, i.e. you get the full hash
size (false and off work as well).

Following that logic, core.abbrev=max would ask for a maximum of
abbreviation, i.e. for the shortest unambiguous hash.  That would have
a length of at least 4.  This value is stored in a constant called
minimum_abbrev -- which seems backwards.  The implied negation of abbrev
(the more you abbreviate, the shorter the length) is a bit confusing.

> Another one is *.threads, e.g. grep.threads, index.threads. We currently
> say that "auto" is like "max, but I can see how we'd eventually benefit
> from splitting those up. I sometimes run git on machines where that
> "auto" is 48 or whatever (I haven't benchmarked, but that's surely
> counter-productive). Having max != auto in that case (but still having a
> "max") would be nice.

Good thinking.  What is the maximum number of threads?  Certainly higher
than the number of CPUs.  Would that be useful?  Maybe -- on a
single-core VM with an SSD queue length of 32 we can probably benefit
from running more than one thread.

Are our threads CPU-bound or I/O-bound?  I guess the answer is "yes". :)
How do we even find out the disk queue length in a portable way?  And
how would we calculate the optimal number of threads?  Are these even
the right questions to ask?

An "auto" option might help with that.  I imagine it starting out with
some default value and then experimentally decreasing and and increasing
the number of threads to find out which one works best.  Downside: It
would need to have comparable workloads for that.  And these benchmarks
need an otherwise quiet system.  Similar battery level if running on a
laptop.  Same system temperature.  Impractical during normal use.

Perhaps a "git benchmark" command that runs some synthetic speed tests
to tune grep.threads etc. would be possible?


  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-05 16:19 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-01 14:02 [PATCH 0/5] pack-objects: better handling of negative options Jeff King
2021-05-01 14:02 ` [PATCH 1/5] t5300: modernize basic tests Jeff King
2021-05-03  5:27   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-03 14:53     ` Jeff King
2021-05-01 14:03 ` [PATCH 2/5] t5300: check that we produced expected number of deltas Jeff King
2021-05-01 14:03 ` [PATCH 3/5] pack-objects: clamp negative window size to 0 Jeff King
2021-05-03 12:10   ` Derrick Stolee
2021-05-03 14:55     ` Jeff King
2021-05-04 18:47       ` René Scharfe
2021-05-04 21:38         ` Jeff King
2021-05-05 11:53         ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-05-05 16:19           ` René Scharfe [this message]
2021-05-01 14:04 ` [PATCH 4/5] t5316: check behavior of pack-objects --depth=0 Jeff King
2021-05-01 14:04 ` [PATCH 5/5] pack-objects: clamp negative depth to 0 Jeff King
2021-05-03 12:11   ` Derrick Stolee

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