On Tuesday 19 April 2005 13:36, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, 19 Apr 2005, Chris Mason wrote:
> > I did a quick experiment with applying/commit 100 patches from the suse
> > kernel into a kernel git tree, which quilt can do in 2 seconds. git
> > needs 1m5s.
> Note that I don't think you want to replace quilt with git. The approaches
> are totally different, and git does _not_ obviate the need for the quilt
> kind of "patch testing".
> In fact, git has all the same issues that BK had, and for the same
> fundamental reason: if you do distributed work, you have to always
> "append" stuff, and that means that you can never re-order anything after
> the fact.
Very true, you can't replace quilt with git without ruining both of them. But
it would be nice to take a quilt tree and turn it into a git tree for merging
purposes, or to make use of whatever visualization tools might exist someday.
> What I _would_ like is the ability to re-use an old tree, though. What you
> really want to do is not pass in a set of directory names and just trust
> that they are correct, but just pass in a directory to compare with, and
> if the contents match, you don't need to write out a new one.
> I'll try to whip up something that does what you want done, but doesn't
> need (or take) any untrusted information from the user in the form "trust
> me, it hasn't changed".
We already have a "trust me, it hasn't changed" via update-cache. If it gets
called wrong the tree won't reflect reality. The patch doesn't change the
write-tree default, but does enable you to give write-tree better information
about the parts of the tree you want written back to git.
With that said, I hate the patch too. I didn't see how to compare against the
old tree without reading each tree object from the old tree, and that should
be slower then what write-tree does now. So I wimped out and made the quick
patch that demonstrates the cause of the performance hit.
The "move .git/index to a tmpfs file" change should be easier though, and has
a real benefit. How do you feel about s|.git/index|.git/index_dir/index| in
the sources? This gives us the flexibility to link it wherever is needed.
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