size of git repository (was Re: [BUG] New Kernel Bugs)

James Bottomley James.Bottomley at
Sun Nov 18 09:35:07 EST 2007

On Sun, 2007-11-18 at 13:58 +0100, Rene Herman wrote:
> On 18-11-07 13:44, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > On Tue 2007-11-13 12:50:08, Mark Lord wrote:
> >> It's a 540MByte download over a slow link for everyone 
> >> else.
> > 
> > Hmmm, clean-cg is 7.7G on my machine, and yes I tried
> > git-prune-packed. What am I doing wrong?
> clean-cg? But failure to run "git repack -a -d" every once in a while?

Actually, the best command is 

git gc

which does a repack (into a single pack file rather than an incremenal),
and then removes all the objects now in the pack.  If, like me, you work
on temporary branches which you keep rebasing, you can add a --prune to
gc which will erase all unreferenced objects as it packs (use this one
with care.  I usually never use it but run a git prune -n just to see
what would be removed, and then run git prune separately if it looks


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