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BFG doubles the size of repo?? How to run git gc on remote?


I ran BFG following official documentation on BFG's website. But after doing push my remote repository becomes doubles the size. Can anybody help me . I've read many queries asking similar stuff, they suggest Atlassian team has to run the aggressive gc on their side. Please help

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Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Oct 06, 2017

Hi @Vipul Shivnani and @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_! Normally the size on the remote will adjust automatically (you just need to be patient and give it some time). However, sometimes it takes longer than expected and in those cases an aggressive GC or even a regular GC will help.

I've run a garbage collection on your remote repository and the size decreased to 1.5 GB. Is there anything else I can help you with?

Cheers :)


@Ana Retamal you are awesome Thanks.

I was actually doing this on a test repo. I will do this now on my prod repo. Will you be able run it again after I do so ?

Once again appreciate your help. Thanks.

Hi @Ana Retamal ,

I did another BFG process for my main prod repo. Is it possible for you to run another aggressive gc or I should wait ?

Please advise. Appreciate your help . Thanks 

Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Oct 09, 2017

Hi @Vipul Shivnani, I've checked your account and I don't see any repo over 2GB. It could be that the automatic gc ran already, or that you're referring to a different account. Let me know if you need any help!


Hi @Ana Retamal I have one repo which is showing 2.9 GB arap-next . ( Can you have a look at this one ? 

Thanks !!

Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Oct 09, 2017

@Vipul Shivnani Done! The size is now 999.5 MB.

Have a nice day :)


Awesome!! made my day !!!!

Thanks @Ana Retamal . Have a nice day :)

Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Jul 30, 2018

Hi @domdom_haas, the size of your repo looks fine, just around 293.7 MB. What is larger is the LFS contents, almost 8GB. Ca nyou confirm that's the right size on your local?



@Ana Retamal Would you mind taking a look at: (private repo)

We also used BFG to remove large files and our repo grew from 1.29GB to 1.48GB. I also created support ticket BBS-154661. Thank you!

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Aggressive GC isn't going to help here.  The problem is the volume of data and BFG failing to handle it. 

hi @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_ , Thanks for the reply.

whats the best way to proceed. Any suggestions ?

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