From: "W. Trevor King" <>

This should have happened back in 2007, when `git gc` learned about
auto (e9831e8, git-gc --auto: add documentation, 2007-09-17).

Signed-off-by: W. Trevor King <>
 Documentation/user-manual.txt | 16 +++++-----------
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/user-manual.txt b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
index 5077e7c..222545b 100644
--- a/Documentation/user-manual.txt
+++ b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
@@ -1562,17 +1562,11 @@ 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.
-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.
+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 a large
+repository may take a while, so you may want to call `gc` explicitly
+to avoid automatic compression kicking in when it is not convenient.

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