On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
> The real issue may be that we do not have a good estimate of how
> many paths are involved in the request before starting these
> threads, though.

Yes. Also, I'm not sure if the 15% possible improvement on my SSD case
is even worth it for something that in the end isn't necessarily the
common case. I *suspect* that it might be a much bigger deal on NFS
(IO parallelism really does end up being a big deal sometimes, and
caching tends to be less aggressive too), but on rotational media it
might be much less clear, or even a loss..

Are there people out there who use "git grep" over NFS and have been
unhappy with performance? If are willing to recompile git with a
different THREAD value in builtin/grep.c, then on a Linux client you
can try

    echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches

to largely force cold-cache behavior for testing (I say "largely",
because it won't drop busy/dirty pages, but for "git grep" kind of
loads it should be good).

Of course, you need root for it, so..

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