There is consensus that the default should change because it will
benefit nearly all users (some just a little, but some a lot).
See [1] and replies.


Signed-off-by: Steve Hoelzer <>
 Documentation/config.txt | 4 ++--
 environment.c            | 2 +-
 2 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/config.txt b/Documentation/config.txt
index 1932e9b..4b3d965 100644
--- a/Documentation/config.txt
+++ b/Documentation/config.txt
@@ -613,9 +613,9 @@ core.preloadindex::
 This can speed up operations like 'git diff' and 'git status' especially
 on filesystems like NFS that have weak caching semantics and thus
-relatively high IO latencies.  With this set to 'true', Git will do the
+relatively high IO latencies.  When enabled, Git will do the
 index comparison to the filesystem data in parallel, allowing
-overlapping IO's.
+overlapping IO's.  Defaults to true.

  You can set this to 'link', in which case a hardlink followed by
diff --git a/environment.c b/environment.c
index 5c4815d..1c686c9 100644
--- a/environment.c
+++ b/environment.c
@@ -71,7 +71,7 @@ unsigned long pack_size_limit_cfg;
 char comment_line_char = '#';

 /* Parallel index stat data preload? */
-int core_preload_index = 0;
+int core_preload_index = 1;

 /* This is set by setup_git_dir_gently() and/or git_default_config() */
 char *git_work_tree_cfg;
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