In the original shell version of git-repack, any options
destined for pack-objects were left as strings, and passed
as a whole. Since the C rewrite in commit a1bbc6c (repack:
rewrite the shell script in C, 2013-09-15), we now parse
these values to integers internally, then reformat the
integers when passing the option to pack-objects.

This has the advantage that we catch format errors earlier
(i.e., when repack is invoked, rather than when pack-objects
is invoked).

It has three disadvantages, though:

  1. Our internal data types may not be the right size. In
     the case of "--window-memory" and "--max-pack-size",
     these are "unsigned long" in pack-objects, but we can
     only represent a regular "int".

  2. Our parsing routines might not be the same as those of
     pack-objects. For the two options above, pack-objects
     understands "100m" to mean "100 megabytes", but repack
     does not.

  3. We have to keep a sentinel value to know whether it is
     worth passing the option along. In the case of
     "--window-memory", we currently do not pass it if the
     value is "0". But that is a meaningful value to
     pack-objects, where it overrides any configured value.

We can fix all of these by simply passing the strings from
the user along to pack-objects verbatim. This does not
actually fix anything for "--depth" or "--window", but these
are converted, too, for consistency.

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
So we lose the advantage listed above. But I think the simplicity and
future-proofing is worth it (and in this case, we basically don't do
anything _except_ invoke pack-objects, so it is not like we do a bunch
of early work that has to be undone when we find out that the option is
bogus later on).

 builtin/repack.c | 22 +++++++++++-----------
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)

diff --git a/builtin/repack.c b/builtin/repack.c
index 7f89c7c..6284846 100644
--- a/builtin/repack.c
+++ b/builtin/repack.c
@@ -130,9 +130,9 @@ int cmd_repack(int argc, const char **argv, const char 
        int pack_everything = 0;
        int delete_redundant = 0;
        const char *unpack_unreachable = NULL;
-       int window = 0, window_memory = 0;
-       int depth = 0;
-       int max_pack_size = 0;
+       const char *window = NULL, *window_memory = NULL;
+       const char *depth = NULL;
+       const char *max_pack_size = NULL;
        int no_reuse_delta = 0, no_reuse_object = 0;
        int no_update_server_info = 0;
        int quiet = 0;
@@ -157,13 +157,13 @@ int cmd_repack(int argc, const char **argv, const char 
                                N_("pass --local to git-pack-objects")),
                OPT_STRING(0, "unpack-unreachable", &unpack_unreachable, 
                                N_("with -A, do not loosen objects older than 
-               OPT_INTEGER(0, "window", &window,
+               OPT_STRING(0, "window", &window, N_("n"),
                                N_("size of the window used for delta 
-               OPT_INTEGER(0, "window-memory", &window_memory,
+               OPT_STRING(0, "window-memory", &window_memory, N_("bytes"),
                                N_("same as the above, but limit memory size 
instead of entries count")),
-               OPT_INTEGER(0, "depth", &depth,
+               OPT_STRING(0, "depth", &depth, N_("n"),
                                N_("limits the maximum delta depth")),
-               OPT_INTEGER(0, "max-pack-size", &max_pack_size,
+               OPT_STRING(0, "max-pack-size", &max_pack_size, N_("bytes"),
                                N_("maximum size of each packfile")),
@@ -185,13 +185,13 @@ int cmd_repack(int argc, const char **argv, const char 
        argv_array_push(&cmd_args, "--all");
        argv_array_push(&cmd_args, "--reflog");
        if (window)
-               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--window=%u", window);
+               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--window=%s", window);
        if (window_memory)
-               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--window-memory=%u", 
+               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--window-memory=%s", 
        if (depth)
-               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--depth=%u", depth);
+               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--depth=%s", depth);
        if (max_pack_size)
-               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--max-pack-size=%u", 
+               argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--max-pack-size=%s", 
        if (no_reuse_delta)
                argv_array_pushf(&cmd_args, "--no-reuse-delta");
        if (no_reuse_object)
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