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How to force git garbage collection?


We hit the 4gb limit and I did followed "Reduce repository size" guide to revert latest commit and also I turned "Delete dangling commits when over size limit" on in Labs, but somehow repo size just increased in size even more and it stays 5.9 GB for now for a few days, it seems that git gc were not initiated


url of the repo:


*upd 1

Oh we did figured out that "Delete dangling commits when over size limit" setting is set per user and not per repo as I thought. We enabled this feature for the second user of this repo (he did the final commit) and hopefully this will trigger garbage collection, we'll see in a minutes I guess


*upd 2

Nope, three hours passed, no difference 🙄

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Caroline R Atlassian Team Jan 11, 2022

Hi, @Deadcow

I saw that you created a ticket with our support related to the same question and we have already answered you there, so to avoid any possible misunderstandings or miscommunication that may arise from discussing the same matter on two different platforms, let’s focus on the ticket instead.

Once the ticket is resolved, feel free to share the resolution here to help other community members that may have the same issue.

Kind regards,

Thanks! All is fine now 😊

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Vishwas Community Leader Jan 09, 2022

Hey @Deadcow 

I have seen Atlassian Team checking from there end and doing gc. Hopefully they will reply here soon :)

Meanwhile have you checked this bfg utility which allows to do gc



Yeah! I found out about bfg just when we hit the 4gb limit and now I'm afraid to use it while we have dangling uncommited changes. 

I'd like to try this tool for sure when I get back controls over the repo :)

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could you create a new repo in bitbucket and push old local repo and look the size after new git clone ?

I tried that, it is much lower in size. I think gc should help. Seemingly only atlassian admins can help with this   

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