I looked at man git-http-backend, and I didn't understand a thing.
I'll look at it tomorrow again with a clear head.

On 7 December 2013 00:22, Jeff King <p...@peff.net> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 06, 2013 at 11:26:51AM -0800, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
>> > I am cloning over http
>> I am guessing you are using the "dumb" (plain static file transfer)
>> HTTP protocol.  With that protocol the server doesn't do anything
>> other than shuttle out files, so it doesn't need to do its own
>> progress reporting.
> Yeah, that would also explain why GIT_TRACE_PACKET produced no output.
>> Perhaps the client should do some progress reporting based on file
>> sizes and amount downloaded so far, but it's hard to get excited
>> about given the existence of "smart" (transfer only what is needed)
>> HTTP protocol.  See git-http-backend(1) for details.
> You get some very verbose and nasty progress with "-vv". It would be
> nice to have a regular throughput meter for dumb-http, though. I haven't
> bothered adding one so far because I don't expect many people are using
> http. However, if we start supporting fetching via bundles over http,
> then it will be very nice to have some kind of progress display there
> (since the main use is to get gigantic full clones).
> -Peff
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