Jeff King <> writes:

> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 10:15:39AM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> Jeff King <> writes:
>> > So maybe just run "git status >/dev/null"?
>> In the background?  How often would it run?  I do not think a single
>> lockfile solves anything.  It may prevent simultaneous runs of two
>> such "prime the well" processes, but the same user may be working in
>> two separate repositories.
> Yes, in the background (he invokes __git_recursive_stat already in the
> background). I'd think you would want to run it whenever you enter a
> repository.
>> I do not see anything that prevents it from running in the same
>> repository over and over again, either.  "prompt" is a bad place to
>> do this kind of thing.
> Yeah, I did not look closely at that. The commit message claims "When
> entering a git working dir", but the implementation runs it on each
> prompt invocation, which is awful. I think you'd want to check to use
> rev-parse to see if you have changed into a new git repo, and only run
> it once then.

I think it would actually be a somewhat interesting feature if it
interacted with GIT_PS1_SHOW*.  If you use these settings (I personally
use SHOWDIRTYSTATE but not SHOWUNTRACKEDFILES), the prompt hangs while
__git_ps1 runs git-status.  It should be possible to run a git-status
process in the background when entering a repository, and displaying
some marker ('??' maybe) in the prompt instead of the dirty-state info
until git-status has finished.  That way the user doesn't have his shell
blocked by cding to a big repo.

Thomas Rast
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