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JGit/EGit now supports gc? [message #934072] Fri, 05 October 2012 16:21 Go to next message
R Shapiro is currently offline R ShapiroFriend
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Today I noticed an operation I hadn't seen before on the right-click menu of entries in the Git Repositories view: Collect Garbage.

I take it this is the JGit equivalent of 'git gc'? That's certainly handy. Does it also prune?

Re: JGit/EGit now supports gc? [message #934328 is a reply to message #934072] Fri, 05 October 2012 21:40 Go to previous message
Christian Halstrick is currently offline Christian HalstrickFriend
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That's right, that's really "git gc". It's the first version of it in JGit. Not all the semantics of git gc are there. But currently it does a pack-refs, repack and prune. Specifically for prune JGit also has learned to understand config param gc.pruneExpire. Since it is the first version of GC in JGit and since it is a potentially dangerous operation we are not advertizing it heavily to EGit users. We want to get more experiences with it before we put it to a more prominent place or support automatic garbage collection.
And yes, there are also missing features: we don't do reflog_expire and rerere_gc currently. We are also not moving objects from packfiles to the object directory when they get unreferenced. But the basic functionality is working.

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