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From: Jonathan Tan <>
Cc: Jonathan Tan <>,,,,
Subject: [PATCH 00/18] Partial clone (from clone to lazy fetch in 18 patches)
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:11:36 -0700
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These patches are also available online:

(I've announced it in another e-mail, but am now sending the patches to the
mailing list too.)

Here's an update of my work so far. Notable features:
 - These 18 patches allow a user to clone with --blob-max-bytes=<bytes>,
   creating a partial clone that is automatically configured to lazily
   fetch missing objects from the origin. The local repo also has fsck
   working offline, and GC working (albeit only on locally created
 - Cloning and fetching is currently only able to exclude blobs by a
   size threshold, but the local repository is already capable of
   fetching missing objects of any type. For example, if a repository
   with missing trees or commits is generated by any tool (for example,
   a future version of Git), current Git with my patches will still be
   able to operate on them, automatically fetching those missing trees
   and commits when needed.
 - Missing blobs are fetched all at once during checkout.

Jeff Hostetler has sent out some object-filtering patches [1] that is a
superset of the object-filtering functionality that I have (in the
pack-objects patches). I have gone for the minimal approach here, but if
his patches are merged, I'll update my patch set to use those.



Obtain a repository.

    $ make prefix=$HOME/local install
    $ cd $HOME/tmp
    $ git clone

Make it advertise the new feature and allow requests for arbitrary blobs.

    $ git -C git config uploadpack.advertiseblobmaxbytes 1
    $ git -C git config uploadpack.allowanysha1inwant 1

Perform the partial clone and check that it is indeed smaller. Specify
"file://" in order to test the partial clone mechanism. (If not, Git will
perform a local clone, which unselectively copies every object.)

    $ git clone --blob-max-bytes=0 "file://$(pwd)/git" git2
    $ git clone "file://$(pwd)/git" git3
    $ du -sh git2 git3
    85M	git2
    130M	git3

Observe that the new repo is automatically configured to fetch missing objects
from the original repo. Subsequent fetches will also be partial.

    $ cat git2/.git/config
    	repositoryformatversion = 1
    	filemode = true
    	bare = false
    	logallrefupdates = true
    [remote "origin"]
    	url = [snip]
    	fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
    	blobmaxbytes = 0
    	partialclone = origin
    [branch "master"]
    	remote = origin
    	merge = refs/heads/master


Local repository layout

A repository declares its dependence on a *promisor remote* (a remote that
declares that it can serve certain objects when requested) by a repository
extension "partialclone". `extensions.partialclone` must be set to the name of
the remote ("origin" in the demo above).

A packfile can be annotated as originating from the promisor remote by the
existence of a "(packfile name).promisor" file with arbitrary contents (similar
to the ".keep" file). Whenever a promisor remote sends an object, it declares
that it can serve every object directly or indirectly referenced by the sent

A promisor packfile is a packfile annotated with the ".promisor" file. A
promisor object is an object that the promisor remote is known to be able to
serve, because it is an object in a promisor packfile or directly referred to by

(In the future, we might need to add ".promisor" support to loose objects.)

Connectivity check and gc

The object walk done by the connectivity check (as used by fsck and fetch) stops
at all promisor objects.

The object walk done by gc also stops at all promisor objects. Only non-promisor
packfiles are deleted (if pack deletion is requested); promisor packfiles are
left alone. This maintains the distinction between promisor packfiles and
non-promisor packfiles. (In the future, we might need to do something more
sophisticated with promisor packfiles.)

Fetching of missing objects

When `sha1_object_info_extended()` (or similar) is invoked, it will
automatically attempt to fetch a missing object from the promisor remote if that
object is not in the local repository. For efficiency, no check is made as to
whether that object is known to be a promisor object or not.

This automatic fetching can be toggled on and off by the `fetch_if_missing`
global variable, and it is on by default.

The actual fetch is done through the fetch-pack/upload-pack protocol. Right now,
this uses the fact that upload-pack allows blob and tree "want"s, and this
incurs the overhead of the unnecessary ref advertisement. I hope that protocol
v2 will allow us to declare that blob and tree "want"s are allowed, and allow
the client to declare that it does not want the ref advertisement. All packfiles
downloaded in this way are annotated with ".promisor".

Fetching with `git fetch`

The fetch-pack/upload-pack protocol has also been extended to support omission
of blobs above a certain size. The client only allows this when fetching from
the promisor remote, and will annotate any packs received from the promisor
remote with ".promisor".

Jonathan Tan (18):
  fsck: introduce partialclone extension
  fsck: support refs pointing to promisor objects
  fsck: support referenced promisor objects
  fsck: support promisor objects as CLI argument
  index-pack: refactor writing of .keep files
  introduce fetch-object: fetch one promisor object
  sha1_file: support lazily fetching missing objects
  rev-list: support termination at promisor objects
  gc: do not repack promisor packfiles
  pack-objects: rename want_.* to ignore_.*
  pack-objects: support --blob-max-bytes
  fetch-pack: support excluding large blobs
  fetch: refactor calculation of remote list
  fetch: support excluding large blobs
  clone: support excluding large blobs
  clone: configure blobmaxbytes in created repos
  unpack-trees: batch fetching of missing blobs
  fetch-pack: restore save_commit_buffer after use

 Documentation/git-pack-objects.txt                |  12 +-
 Documentation/technical/pack-protocol.txt         |   9 +
 Documentation/technical/protocol-capabilities.txt |   7 +
 Documentation/technical/repository-version.txt    |  12 +
 Makefile                                          |   1 +
 builtin/cat-file.c                                |   2 +
 builtin/clone.c                                   |  24 +-
 builtin/fetch-pack.c                              |  21 ++
 builtin/fetch.c                                   |  36 ++-
 builtin/fsck.c                                    |  26 +-
 builtin/gc.c                                      |   3 +
 builtin/index-pack.c                              | 113 ++++---
 builtin/pack-objects.c                            |  97 ++++--
 builtin/prune.c                                   |   7 +
 builtin/repack.c                                  |   7 +-
 builtin/rev-list.c                                |  13 +
 cache.h                                           |  13 +-
 connected.c                                       |   1 +
 environment.c                                     |   1 +
 fetch-object.c                                    |  45 +++
 fetch-object.h                                    |  11 +
 fetch-pack.c                                      |  23 +-
 fetch-pack.h                                      |   3 +
 list-objects.c                                    |  16 +-
 object.c                                          |   2 +-
 packfile.c                                        |  77 ++++-
 packfile.h                                        |  13 +
 remote-curl.c                                     |  21 +-
 remote.c                                          |   2 +
 remote.h                                          |   2 +
 revision.c                                        |  33 ++-
 revision.h                                        |   5 +-
 setup.c                                           |   7 +-
 sha1_file.c                                       |  38 ++-
 t/                          | 343 ++++++++++++++++++++++
 t/                            |  45 +++
 t/                             | 115 ++++++++
 t/                                  | 101 +++++++
 t/                           |  12 +
 transport-helper.c                                |   4 +
 transport.c                                       |  18 ++
 transport.h                                       |  12 +
 unpack-trees.c                                    |  22 ++
 upload-pack.c                                     |  16 +-
 44 files changed, 1278 insertions(+), 113 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 fetch-object.c
 create mode 100644 fetch-object.h
 create mode 100755 t/


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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-09-29 20:11 Jonathan Tan [this message]
2017-09-29 21:08 ` Johannes Schindelin
2017-10-02  4:23 ` Junio C Hamano
2017-10-03  6:15 ` Christian Couder
2017-10-03  8:50   ` Junio C Hamano
2017-10-03 14:39     ` Jeff Hostetler
2017-10-03 23:42       ` Jonathan Tan
2017-10-04 13:30         ` Jeff Hostetler

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