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Re: Git and GCC

On Thu, 6 Dec 2007, Harvey Harrison wrote:
> I've updated the public mirror repo with the very-packed version.

Side note: it might be interesting to compare timings for 
history-intensive stuff with and without this kind of very-packed 

The very density of a smaller pack-file might be enough to overcome the 
downsides (more CPU time to apply longer delta-chains), but regardless, 
real numbers talks, bullshit walks. So wouldn't it be nice to have real 

One easy way to get real numbers for history would be to just time some 
reasonably costly operation that uses lots of history. Ie just do a 

	time git blame -C gcc/regclass.c > /dev/null

and see if the deeper delta chains are very expensive.

(Yeah, the above is pretty much designed to be the worst possible case for 
this kind of aggressive history packing, but I don't know if that choice 
of file to try to annotate is a good choice or not. I suspect that "git 
blame -C" with a CVS import is just horrid, because CVS commits tend to be 
pretty big and nasty and not as localized as we've tried to make things in 
the kernel, so doing the code copy detection is probably horrendously 


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