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authorLinus Torvalds <>2005-09-15 21:43:17 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2005-09-15 21:57:52 (GMT)
commit60ab26de9970ce829c95eb11ebb407fe95780148 (patch)
treedfed215bfc5ca6f409fb780465757ab70d64c30f /fetch.c
parentf71a69ab055c47056d0270b29b8f7455278c2422 (diff)
[PATCH] Avoid wasting memory in git-rev-list
As pointed out on the list, git-rev-list can use a lot of memory. One low-hanging fruit is to free the commit buffer for commits that we parse. By default, parse_commit() will save away the buffer, since a lot of cases do want it, and re-reading it continually would be unnecessary. However, in many cases the buffer isn't actually necessary and saving it just wastes memory. We could just free the buffer ourselves, but especially in git-rev-list, we actually end up using the helper functions that automatically add parent commits to the commit lists, so we don't actually control the commit parsing directly. Instead, just make this behaviour of "parse_commit()" a global flag. Maybe this is a bit tasteless, but it's very simple, and it makes a noticable difference in memory usage. Before the change: [torvalds@g5 linux]$ /usr/bin/time git-rev-list v2.6.12..HEAD > /dev/null 0.26user 0.02system 0:00.28elapsed 99%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k 0inputs+0outputs (0major+3714minor)pagefaults 0swaps after the change: [torvalds@g5 linux]$ /usr/bin/time git-rev-list v2.6.12..HEAD > /dev/null 0.26user 0.00system 0:00.27elapsed 100%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k 0inputs+0outputs (0major+2433minor)pagefaults 0swaps note how the minor faults have decreased from 3714 pages to 2433 pages. That's all due to the fewer anonymous pages allocated to hold the comment buffers and their metadata. Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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