un Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 12:49 AM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
> Jeff King <p...@peff.net> writes:
>> Perhaps we need
>>   git cat-file --batch-format="%(disk-size) %(object)"
>> or similar.

This is what I wanted to do with the in for-each-ref's pretty
formatting [1]. I used to hack cat-file --batch to extract info I
needed for experimenting with various pack index extensions. If you
are not in hurry, maybe we can introduce something similar to your
syntax, but applicable for all for-each-ref, branch and log family.
Ram, are you still interested in the awesome branch series?

> I agree with your reasoning.  It may be simpler to give an interface
> to ask for which pieces of info, e.g. --batch-cols=size,disksize,
> without giving the readers a flexible "format".

[1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/227057/focus=227223
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