On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 9:11 PM Phil Hord <phil.h...@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Phil Hord <phil.h...@gmail.com>
> 'git tag -d' accepts one or more tag refs to delete, but each deletion
> is done by calling `delete_ref` on each argv. This is painfully slow
> when removing from packed refs. Use delete_refs instead so all the
> removals can be done inside a single transaction with a single write.

Nice, thanks for working on this.

> I have a repo with 24,000 tags, most of which are not useful to any
> developers. Having this many refs slows down many operations that
> would otherwise be very fast. Removing these tags when they've been
> accidentally fetched again takes about 30 minutes using delete_ref.

I also get really slow times on a repo with ~20,000 tags (though order
~3 minutes rather than ~30, probably due to having an SSD on this
machine) -- but ONLY IF the refs are packed first (git pack-refs
--all).  If the refs are loose, it's relatively quick to delete a
dozen thousand or so tags (order of a few seconds).  It might be worth
mentioning in the commit message that this only makes a significant
difference in the case where the refs are packed.

>     git tag -l feature/* | xargs git tag -d
> Removing the same tags using delete_refs takes less than 5 seconds.

It appears this same bug also affects `git branch -d` when deleting
lots of branches (or remote tracking branches) and they are all
packed; could you apply the same fix there?

In constrast, it appears that `git update-ref --stdin` is fast
regardless of whether the refs are packed, e.g.
   git tag -l feature/* | sed -e 's%^%delete refs/tags/%' | git
update-ref --stdin
finishes quickly (order of a few seconds).

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