omniverse A Few Thoughts About Research and Development

Spring clean all your git repos

Often we have a lot of git working copies at the machine. They can be old and with a lot unneeded git objects. They could be mass-cleaned to save inodes, optimize speed and lighten backups.

To ease cleaning let’s write a simple script with gc, pack and prune. Remember, gc --aggressive is misleading.

Let’s count how much objects are in all our git repositories:

(find . -name .git -type d -not -path '*exclude*' | xargs -L1 find ) | wc -l

Then use the script to mass-clean all repositories:

find . -name .git -not -path '*exclude*' | xargs -L1 -t

And finally count again with the first one-liner.

For me this simple spring clean reduces git objects from 38631 to 7050.