GIT-GC(1)                         Git Manual                         GIT-GC(1)

       git-gc - Cleanup unnecessary files and optimize the local repository

       git gc [--aggressive] [--auto] [--quiet] [--prune=<date> | --no-prune] [--force] [--keep-largest-pack]

       Runs a number of housekeeping tasks within the current repository, such
       as compressing file revisions (to reduce disk space and increase
       performance), removing unreachable objects which may have been created
       from prior invocations of git add, packing refs, pruning reflog, rerere
       metadata or stale working trees. May also update ancillary indexes such
       as the commit-graph.

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

       Some git commands may automatically run git gc; see the --auto flag
       below for details. If you know what you're doing and all you want is to
       disable this behavior permanently without further considerations, just

           $ git config --global 0

           Usually git gc runs very quickly while providing good disk space
           utilization and performance. This option will cause git gc to more
           aggressively optimize the repository at the expense of taking much
           more time. The effects of this optimization are persistent, so this
           option only needs to be used occasionally; every few hundred
           changesets or so.

           With this option, git gc checks whether any housekeeping is
           required; if not, it exits without performing any work. Some git
           commands run git gc --auto after performing operations that could
           create many loose objects. Housekeeping is required if there are
           too many loose objects or too many packs in the repository.

           If the number of loose objects exceeds the value of the
           configuration variable, then all loose objects are combined into a
           single pack using git repack -d -l. Setting the value of to
           0 disables automatic packing of loose objects.

           If the number of packs exceeds the value of gc.autoPackLimit, then
           existing packs (except those marked with a .keep file or over
           gc.bigPackThreshold limit) are consolidated into a single pack by
           using the -A option of git repack. If the amount of memory is
           estimated not enough for git repack to run smoothly and
           gc.bigPackThreshold is not set, the largest pack will also be
           excluded (this is the equivalent of running git gc with
           --keep-base-pack). Setting gc.autoPackLimit to 0 disables automatic
           consolidation of packs.

           If houskeeping is required due to many loose objects or packs, all
           other housekeeping tasks (e.g. rerere, working trees, reflog...)
           will be performed as well.

           Prune loose objects older than date (default is 2 weeks ago,
           overridable by the config variable gc.pruneExpire). --prune=all
           prunes loose objects regardless of their age and increases the risk
           of corruption if another process is writing to the repository
           concurrently; see "NOTES" below. --prune is on by default.

           Do not prune any loose objects.

           Suppress all progress reports.

           Force git gc to run even if there may be another git gc instance
           running on this repository.

           All packs except the largest pack and those marked with a .keep
           files are consolidated into a single pack. When this option is
           used, gc.bigPackThreshold is ignored.

       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

       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 above two configuration variables can be given to a pattern. For
       example, this sets non-default expiry values only to remote-tracking

           [gc "refs/remotes/*"]
                   reflogExpire = never
                   reflogExpireUnreachable = 3 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. This can be set to "notbare" to enable it within
       all non-bare repos or it can be set to a boolean value. This defaults
       to true.

       The optional configuration variable gc.commitGraph determines if git gc
       should run git commit-graph write. This can be set to a boolean value.
       This defaults to false.

       The optional configuration variable gc.aggressiveWindow controls how
       much time is spent optimizing the delta compression of the objects in
       the repository when the --aggressive option is specified. The larger
       the value, the more time is spent optimizing the delta compression. See
       the documentation for the --window option in git-repack(1) for more
       details. This defaults to 250.

       Similarly, the optional configuration variable gc.aggressiveDepth
       controls --depth option in git-repack(1). This defaults to 50.

       The optional configuration variable gc.pruneExpire controls how old the
       unreferenced loose objects have to be before they are pruned. The
       default is "2 weeks ago".

       Optional configuration variable gc.worktreePruneExpire controls how old
       a stale working tree should be before git worktree prune deletes it.
       Default is "3 months ago".

       git gc tries very hard not to delete objects that are referenced
       anywhere in your repository. In particular, it will keep not only
       objects referenced by your current set of branches and tags, but also
       objects referenced by the index, remote-tracking branches, refs saved
       by git filter-branch in refs/original/, or reflogs (which may reference
       commits in branches that were later amended or rewound). If you are
       expecting some objects to be deleted and they aren't, check all of
       those locations and decide whether it makes sense in your case to
       remove those references.

       On the other hand, when git gc runs concurrently with another process,
       there is a risk of it deleting an object that the other process is
       using but hasn't created a reference to. This may just cause the other
       process to fail or may corrupt the repository if the other process
       later adds a reference to the deleted object. Git has two features that
       significantly mitigate this problem:

        1. Any object with modification time newer than the --prune date is
           kept, along with everything reachable from it.

        2. Most operations that add an object to the database update the
           modification time of the object if it is already present so that #1

       However, these features fall short of a complete solution, so users who
       run commands concurrently have to live with some risk of corruption
       (which seems to be low in practice) unless they turn off automatic
       garbage collection with git config 0.

       The git gc --auto command will run the pre-auto-gc hook. See
       githooks(5) for more information.

       git-prune(1) git-reflog(1) git-repack(1) git-rerere(1)

       Part of the git(1) suite

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