From: "W. Trevor King" <>

This should have happened back in 2007, when `git gc` learned about

  commit e9831e83e063844b90cf9e525d0003715dd8b395
  Author: Junio C Hamano <>
  Date:   Mon Sep 17 00:39:52 2007 -0700

    git-gc --auto: add documentation.

Signed-off-by: W. Trevor King <>
I'd also be happy just dropping the whole git-gc section ;).

 Documentation/user-manual.txt | 16 ++++++----------
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/user-manual.txt b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
index 5077e7c..d14e3c7 100644
--- a/Documentation/user-manual.txt
+++ b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
@@ -1562,17 +1562,13 @@ Ensuring good performance
 On large repositories, Git depends on compression to keep the history
-information from taking up too much space on disk or in memory.
+information from taking up too much space on disk or in memory.  Some
+git commands may automatically run linkgit:git-gc[1], so you don't
+have to worry about running it manually.  However, compressing large
+repositories may take some time, so you might want to disable
+automatic comression and run it explicitly when you are not doing
+other work.
-This compression is not performed automatically.  Therefore you
-should occasionally run linkgit:git-gc[1]:
-$ git gc
-to recompress the archive.  This can be very time-consuming, so
-you may prefer to run `git gc` when you are not doing other work.

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