Commit 3361a548 authored by Lee Carver's avatar Lee Carver Committed by Junio C Hamano

Allow git-filter-branch to process large repositories with lots of branches.

A recommended way to move trees between repositories is to use
git-filter-branch to revise the history for a single tree:

However, this can lead to "argument list too long" errors when the
original repository has many retained branches (>6k)

    /usr/local/git/libexec/git-core/git-filter-branch: line 270:
    /usr/local/git/libexec/git-core/git: Argument list too long
    Could not get the commits

Saving the output from rev-parse and feeding it into rev-list from
its standard input avoids this problem, since the rev-parse output
is not processed as a command line argument.
Signed-off-by: default avatarLee Carver <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJunio C Hamano <>
parent 2ea3df68
......@@ -255,7 +255,7 @@ else
rev_args=$(git rev-parse --revs-only "$@")
git rev-parse --revs-only "$@" >../parse
case "$filter_subdir" in
......@@ -268,7 +268,7 @@ case "$filter_subdir" in
git rev-list --reverse --topo-order --default HEAD \
--parents --simplify-merges $rev_args "$@" > ../revs ||
--parents --simplify-merges --stdin "$@" <../parse >../revs ||
die "Could not get the commits"
commits=$(wc -l <../revs | tr -d " ")
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