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BFG repo cleaner in remote on free account


I cleaned my repo with the instructions from

and pushed to remote but the repos size increased

I can see that the repo size is significantly smaller locally

Should the gc be run in remote also ? How to do this ?


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Hi Jani,

I'm afraid that users cannot trigger a git gc on remote repos at the moment.

We have a feature request about this in our issue tracker:

I can trigger a git gc for your remote repo. Could you please let me know what is the remote repo's size now (from Repository settings > Repository details > look at the field Size), so I can identify it and run a git gc? (I'm asking because I see your own several repos)

Kind regards,

thanks, the size is 1.54 GB

Hi Jani,

You are very welcome.

I ran a git gc for that repo, its size is 786.3 MB now.

Does this agree with your local repo if you run git count-objects -Hv ?

Kind regards,

hmm.. maybe I don't understand how this works but my local mirror clone repo looks like this:

ruohomaa@LAPTOP-5DOSVT93:~/codes/salesforce-compare.git$ git count-objects -Hv
count: 0
size: 0 bytes
in-pack: 14317
packs: 1
size-pack: 20.14 MiB
prune-packable: 0
garbage: 0
size-garbage: 0 bytes

I followed the instructions here:

Now the remote size is 804.11 MB. I cleaned some more. Could you run the gc again

if I run the git count-objects -Hv in salesforce-compare repo I cloned (after you ran the gc) from remote it gives this:

ruohomaa@LAPTOP-5DOSVT93:~/codes/salesforce-compare$ git count-objects -Hv
count: 0
size: 0 bytes
in-pack: 14357
packs: 1
size-pack: 20.72 MiB
prune-packable: 0
garbage: 0
size-garbage: 0 bytes

I was trying to setup the source code mirroring with google "Cloud Source Repositories" and the sync resulted in an error.

Apparently others had this same problem with >700mb repositories

but it seems to work now even if the size says > 800mb on "Repository Details" page

Could you do the gc still once more because I cleaned a bit more

Norbert C Atlassian Team Feb 21, 2022

Hi @ruohomaa 

Let me step in as Theodora is out of office this week. I would like to inform you that I ran another GC on your repository and the size has reduced to 20.9 MB.

Please let us know if there's anything else we can help you with?

Best Regards,
Atlassian Bitbucket Cloud Support

Sorry for the late reply, this seems to work now

Norbert C Atlassian Team Mar 28, 2022

You're welcome @ruohomaa  I'm glad to hear I was able to help :) 

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