Git shallow clone for faster version control06 Jan 2022
Contributing to open-source software is great fun. The feeling of being a part of a larger community and adding to something larger than yourself. As a consequence, you work on large projects with lots of version control history.
This post is a reminder to myself to use this
git clone flag to make it
easier on my hard drive and make git work faster when doing day-to-day version
The key flag is the
--depth flag. According to the documentation, this flag
Create a shallow clone with a history truncated to the specified number of commits.
The specified number of commits is an integer that comes after the
For example, I worked on the freeCodeCamp main repository and it has twenty-nine thousand commits as of this writing. This is a lot.
So to clone this repository without so many of those commits that I won’t need, you can run this command.
git clone --depth 100 https://github.com/freeCodeCamp/freeCodeCamp.git
This will get only the last 100 commits from this repository. More on this flag here https://book.git-scm.com/docs/git-clone.