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Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:43:41 -0800
From: Markus Mayer <>
To: Alyssa Ross <>
Cc: Florian Fainelli <>,, 
	Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: git cloning over https?

On Thu, 13 Jan 2022 at 15:25, Alyssa Ross <> wrote:
> From what I remember (and take this with a grain of salt, because it's
> been a long time since I looked into it), the "dumb" HTTP protocol works
> by downloading pre-built packfiles from a static web server, whereas the
> "smart" protocol can negotiate exactly the objects it needs with the
> server.  This might explain the size difference.
> I imagine if you git gc you'll end up with the same size as the git://
> clone.

You are absolutely correct.

$ du -sh musl-*
52M musl-http
20M musl-git
$ cd musl-http; git gc; cd ..
Counting objects: 100% (36120/36120), done.
Delta compression using up to 48 threads
Compressing objects: 100% (15465/15465), done.
Writing objects: 100% (36120/36120), done.
Total 36120 (delta 26317), reused 27955 (delta 20259)
$ du -sh musl-*
20M musl-http
20M musl-git


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