SYNOPSIS

git-gc [--prune]

DESCRIPTION

Runs a number of housekeeping tasks within the current repository, such as compressing file revisions (to reduce disk space and increase performance) and removing unreachable objects which may have been created from prior invocations of gitlink:git-add[1].

Users are encouraged to run this task on a regular basis within each repository to maintain good disk space utilization and good operating performance.

OPTIONS

--prune

Usually git-gc packs refs, expires old reflog entries, packs loose objects, and removes old rerere records. Removal of unreferenced loose objects is an unsafe operation while other git operations are in progress, so it is not done by default. Pass this option if you want it, and only when you know nobody else is creating new objects in the repository at the same time (e.g. never use this option in a cron script).

Configuration

The optional configuration variable gc.reflogExpire can be set to indicate how long historical entries within each branch’s reflog should remain available in this repository. The setting is expressed as a length of time, for example 90 days or 3 months. It defaults to 90 days.

The optional configuration variable gc.reflogExpireUnreachable can be set to indicate how long historical reflog entries which are not part of the current branch should remain available in this repository. These types of entries are generally created as a result of using git commit \--amend or git rebase and are the commits prior to the amend or rebase occurring. Since these changes are not part of the current project most users will want to expire them sooner. This option defaults to 30 days.

The optional configuration variable gc.rerereresolved indicates how long records of conflicted merge you resolved earlier are kept. This defaults to 60 days.

The optional configuration variable gc.rerereunresolved indicates how long records of conflicted merge you have not resolved are kept. This defaults to 15 days.

The optional configuration variable gc.packrefs determines if git gc runs git-pack-refs. Without the configuration, git-pack-refs is not run in bare repositories by default, to allow older dumb-transport clients fetch from the repository, but this will change in the future.

See Also

gitlink:git-prune[1] gitlink:git-reflog[1] gitlink:git-repack[1] gitlink:git-rerere[1]

Author

Written by Shawn O. Pearce <spearce@spearce.org>

GIT

Part of the gitlink:git[7] suite