On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote: > Mihai Capotă <mi...@mihaic.ro> writes: > >> The git manual contains an explicit warning about the output of a >> porcelain command changing: "The interface to Porcelain commands on >> the other hand are subject to change in order to improve the end user >> experience." > > Yeah, I know that, as I wrote it ;-) > > Aside from count-object being not exactly a Porcelain, the statement > does not give us a blank check to make random changes as we see fit. > There needs to be a clear improvement. > > I am just having a hard time weighing the benefit of using more > accurate kibibytes over kilobytes and the possible downside of > breaking other peoples' tools. > > Perhaps it would be alright if the change was accompanied by a > warning in the Release Notes to say something like: > > If you have scripts that decide when to run "git repack" by > parsing the output from "git count-objects", this release > may break them. Sorry about that. One of the scripts > shipped by git-core itself also had to be adjusted. The > command reports the total diskspace used to store loose > objects in kibibytes, but it was labelled as "kilobytes". > The number now is shown with "KiB", e.g. "6750 objects, > 50928 KiB". > > You may want to consider updating such scripts to always > call "git gc --auto" to let it decide when to repack for > you. > > Also, I suspect that for the purpose of this exact output field, > nobody cares the difference between kibibytes and kilobytes. > Depending on the system, we add up either st.st_blocks or st.st_size > and the result is not that exact as "how much diskspace is > consumed".
I agree completely. I think the release notes warning is a good plan. Just in case you decide against it, I'm also sending a completely different patch to document the issue. Mihai -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html