size of git repository (was Re: [BUG] New Kernel Bugs)
w at 1wt.eu
Sun Nov 18 23:43:13 EST 2007
On Sun, Nov 18, 2007 at 03:56:11PM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Pavel Machek <pavel at ucw.cz> wrote:
> > On Tue 2007-11-13 12:50:08, Mark Lord wrote:
> > > Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > > >
> > > >for example git-bisect was godsent. I remember that
> > > >years ago bisection of a bug was a very laborous task
> > > >so that it was only used as a final, last-ditch
> > > >approach for really nasty bugs. Today we can
> > > >autonomouly bisect build bugs via a simple shell
> > > >command around "git-bisect run", without any human
> > > >interaction! This freed up testing resources
> > > ..
> > >
> > > It's only a godsend for the few people who happen to be
> > > kernel developers
> > > and who happen to already use git.
> > >
> > > 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?
> "git-repack -a -d" gives me ~220 MB:
> $ du -s .git
> 222064 .git
> anyone who can download a 43 MB tar.bz2 tarball for a kernel release
> should be able to afford a _one time_ download size of 250 MB (the size
> of the current kernel.org git repository). If not, burning a CD or DVD
> and carrying it home ought to do the trick. Git is very
> bandwidth-efficient after that point - lots of people behind narrow
> pipes are using it - it's just the initial clone that takes time. And
> given all the history and metadata that the git repository carries (full
> changelogs, annotations, etc.) it's a no-brainer that kernel developers
> should be using it.
> (and you can shrink the 250 MB further down by using shallow clones,
> yes, some people complained when distros stopped doing floppy installs.
> Some people complained when distros stopped doing CD installs. Yes, i've
> myself done a 250+ MB download over a 56 kbit modem in the past, and
> while it indeed took overnight to finish, it's very much doable. It's
> not really qualitatively different from the 1.5 hours a kernel tar.bz2
> took to download.
Probably that once in a while, we should set up a complete tree in a
tar.bz2 format on kernel.org. It would help a lot of people behind small
pipes. I have been encountering problems with git-clone when the link is
unstable. After the smallest error, it erases everything and you have to
retry from start, which is quite frustrating and expensive.
At least, downloading a tar.bz2 with FTP would be easier and a lot more
reliable. Also, people could download it from their workplace and bring
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