[darcs-users] Benchmarking "get"

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Wed Mar 18 01:33:41 UTC 2009

Lele Gaifax writes:

 > Dunno if/how git can be made lazy...

       --depth <depth>
           Create a shallow clone with a history truncated to the
           specified number of revisions. A shallow repository has a
           number of limitations (you cannot clone or fetch from it, nor
           push from nor into it), but is adequate if you are only
           interested in the recent history of a large project with a
           long history, and would want to send in fixes as patches.

Read carefully, I don't know if that's good enough to compare to Darcs

To avoid *local* copies, git also can share object data across local
repos in a number of ways, both read-only and read-write.  (Note that
all git *objects*, like Darcs patches, are write-once; the RO vs. RW
distinction refers to whether new objects in repo A will be written to
A/.git/objects (in which case the alternative is read-only), or to the
alternative object source.)

I don't know whether any of the variants would be worth adding to
Darcs (Darcs already makes hardlinks to parent's patches when
branching on a local filesystem, IIRC?, which should be the big win,
the rest are tweaks unless you have to cross filesystems).

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