Commit 8d6ccce1 authored by Duy Nguyen's avatar Duy Nguyen Committed by Junio C Hamano

pack-objects: a bit of document about struct object_entry

The role of this comment block becomes more important after we shuffle
fields around to shrink this struct. It will be much harder to see what
field is related to what.
Signed-off-by: Duy Nguyen's avatarNguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJunio C Hamano <>
parent 4c2db938
* basic object info
* -----------------
* idx.oid is filled up before delta searching starts. idx.crc32 is
* only valid after the object is written out and will be used for
* generating the index. idx.offset will be both gradually set and
* used in writing phase (base objects get offset first, then deltas
* refer to them)
* "size" is the uncompressed object size. Compressed size of the raw
* data for an object in a pack is not stored anywhere but is computed
* and made available when reverse .idx is made.
* "hash" contains a path name hash which is used for sorting the
* delta list and also during delta searching. Once prepare_pack()
* returns it's no longer needed.
* source pack info
* ----------------
* The (in_pack, in_pack_offset) tuple contains the location of the
* object in the source pack. in_pack_header_size allows quickly
* skipping the header and going straight to the zlib stream.
* "type" and "in_pack_type" both describe object type. in_pack_type
* may contain a delta type, while type is always the canonical type.
* deltas
* ------
* Delta links (delta, delta_child and delta_sibling) are created to
* reflect that delta graph from the source pack then updated or added
* during delta searching phase when we find better deltas.
* delta_child and delta_sibling are last needed in
* compute_write_order(). "delta" and "delta_size" must remain valid
* at object writing phase in case the delta is not cached.
* If a delta is cached in memory and is compressed, delta_data points
* to the data and z_delta_size contains the compressed size. If it's
* uncompressed [1], z_delta_size must be zero. delta_size is always
* the uncompressed size and must be valid even if the delta is not
* cached.
* [1] during try_delta phase we don't bother with compressing because
* the delta could be quickly replaced with a better one.
struct object_entry {
struct pack_idx_entry idx;
unsigned long size; /* uncompressed size */
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