Whygitisbetterthan.com, some advocacy from GitHub

Russel Winder russel.winder at concertant.com
Tue Dec 2 09:03:16 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-02 at 16:28 +0800, Eugene Wee wrote:
[ . . . ]
> Also, did the author detect a bug? I note the comment that "the second
> Bzr number is after I ran 'bzr pack', which I thought would make it
> smaller, but ended up making it much, much larger for some reason."

I am not sure of the actual facts but I find "git gc" never increases
disc use an generally shrinks it markedly.  "bzr pack" on the other hand
sometimes shrinks and sometimes doubles disc use.  I had assumed that
Git just does a garbage collect and delete internally whereas bzr copies
the old packs and does a repack so actually it is storing not just the
current pack of the repository but also extra copies.  Thus it can be
that packing increases the size overall but not of the current working

It would be good to be able to explicitly say "remove all the obsolete
detritus" without delving in to .bzr and doing it manually.  Or perhaps
the command already exists and I just missed it?

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