On Wed, 28 May 2014, Dale R. Worley wrote:

From: Duy Nguyen <pclo...@gmail.com>

I don't know how many commands are hit by this. If you have time and
gdb, please put a break point in die_builtin() function and send
backtraces for those that fail. You could speed up the process by
creating a smaller file and set the environment variable
GIT_ALLOC_LIMIT (in kilobytes) to a number lower than that size. If
git attempts to allocate a block larger than that limit it'll die.

I don't use Git enough to exercise it well.  And there are dozens of
commands with hundreds of options.

As someone else has noted, if I run 'git commit -q --no-status', it
doesn't crash.

It seems that much of Git was coded under the assumption that any file
could always be held entirely in RAM.  Who made that mistake?  Are
people so out of touch with reality?

Git was designed to track source code, there are warts that show up in the implementation when you use individual files >4GB

such files tend to also not diff well. git-annex and other offshoots hae methods boled on that handle such large files better than core git does.

David Lang
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