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A git clone wrapper that automatically uses --reference to save time and space.

Project description

License: GPL-3

A git clone wrapper that automatically uses –reference to save disk space and download time.


To install git-autoshare in a fancy way, we recommend using pipx.

After installing pipx simply run:

$ pipx install git-autoshare

To upgrade git-autoshare at any time:

$ pipx upgrade git-autoshare

If you want git autoshare-clone to be invoked transparently in place of git clone, create the following bash script, name it git, and place it in your PATH before /usr/bin/git:

if [ "$1" == "clone" ]
    /usr/bin/git autoshare-clone "$@"
    /usr/bin/git "$@"


Configuration file

To configure it, create a file named git-autoshare/repos.yml in your user configuration directory (often ~/.config on Linux). This file must have the following structre:

            - organization
            - ...
        private: (True|False)

It lists all git hosts, repositories, and organizations that are subject to the sharing of git objects. Here is an example:
            - odoo
            - OCA
            - odoo
            - acsone
        private: True
        # shortcut to provides organizations
        - OCA
        - acsone

Note the use of the private option, used to force fetching using the ssh protocol.

It is also possible to use * as a wildcard for repository name, to have autoshare applied to all repos of some organizations:
            - odoo
            - OCA
            - acsone
        private: True


In this configuration, git-autoshare-prefetch without arguments will not fetch any wildcard repo. This could be improved in the future to refetch repos that are already present in cache.

git autoshare-clone command

If configured like the example above, when you git clone the odoo or mis-builder repositories from one of these github organizations, git autoshare-clone will automatically insert the --reference option in the git clone command. For example:

$ git autoshare-clone

will be transformed into:

$ /usr/bin/git clone --reference ~/.cache/git-autoshare/

git autoshare-submodule-add command

Same as git autoshare-clone command, you can add submodules with a reference. for example:

$ git autoshare-submodule-add ./odoo

will be transformed into:

$ /usr/bin/git submodule add --reference ~/.cache/git-autoshare/ ./odoo

git autoshare-prefetch command

The autoshare-prefetch command is mostly meant to be run in a cron job:

$ git autoshare-prefetch --quiet

will update the cache directory by fetching all repositories mentioned in repos.yml.

It can also prefetch one single repository, for example:

$ git autoshare-prefetch

Environment variables

The cache directory is named git-autoshare where appdirs.user_cache_dir is (usually ~/.cache/git-autoshare/). This location can be configured with the GIT_AUTOSHARE_CACHE_DIR environment variable.

The default configuration file is named repos.yml where appdirs.user_config_dir is (usually ~/.config/git-autoshare/). This location can be configured with the GIT_AUTOSHARE_CONFIG_DIR environment variable.

By default git-autoshare invokes git as /usr/bin/git. This can be configured with the GIT_AUTOSHARE_GIT_BIN environment variable.






This project is maintained by ACSONE SA/NV.


1.0.0b4 (2019-07-14)

  • support ssh:// urls, remove dependency on giturlparse

1.0.0b3 (2019-07-13)

  • always prefetch cache before cloning, to make sure the cache is updated regularly

1.0.0b2 (2019-03-17)

  • add submodule-add command
  • use safe_load to parse configuration
  • allow wildcards in configuration
  • internal refactoring

1.0.0b1 (2018-01-07)

  • support for private repositories
  • better handling of remotes in prefetch
  • prefetch with –prun

1.0.0a2 (2017-10-10)

  • first packaged version

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