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Request for Garbage Collection

Hans Huber
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June 24, 2023

Hello, I create a new branch at Bitbucket every month and delete the old one. In fact, I only have one branch at a time. Still, my repo keeps getting bigger, too big, although my code changes only minimally (always ~10MB). The repo now has a size of 2.5 GB. There can only ever be one branch with a maximum of 30 commits, i.e. a real production size of ~300MB, which will go back to 0 next month because I automatically delete the branch from the old month. After consulting the blog, docs, and forums at Bitbucket, I found that deleted branches aren't actually deleted, just flagged for deletion. To start a final deletion, a "garbage collection" is necessary. Locally that's not a problem. My local repo never gets bigger than 300MB. But in the Bitbucket backend I can't find a way to do this. But now I don't want to submit a request every month asking for a garbage collection. What options do I have to initiate a "git gc" in the Bitbucket repo itself? Via ssh? Thanks and greetings! Hans

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Theodora Boudale
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June 27, 2023

Hi Hans and welcome to the community!

I'm afraid that there is no way for end users to trigger a git gc for their remote repos at the moment.

We have a feature request about this that you can vote for and watch here:

In the meantime, if you would like a git gc on your remote repo, you will need to raise a request here in the community or in our support portal if your workspace is on a paid plan.

I went ahead and triggered a git gc for your repo and its size has been reduced.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Kind regards,
Theodora

Hans Huber
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June 27, 2023

Thank you Theodora!

Theodora Boudale
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June 27, 2023

You are very welcome, Hans. Please feel free to reach out if you ever need anything else!

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