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Re: Magit slow on Windows

From: Bastian Bechtold
Subject: Re: Magit slow on Windows
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 19:40:40 +0200

On 11.05.2012, at 17:02, Óscar Fuentes <address@hidden> wrote:

> Richard Riley <address@hidden> writes:
>>> But I'm not sure this will solve your problem.  The Windows filesystem
>>> is slower than Linux filesystems, especially with a cold cache, and
>>> nothing, not even Emacs, can change that.
>> Not in anyway that would cause any human recognisable delay.  Suggesting
>> that speed of the file system is in any way contributing to this issue
>> is somewhat silly and misleading and introducing fud.
> git is heavily optimized for GNU/Linux. It exploits the APIs and use
> cases that performs better there. Msysgit is not optimized for
> MS-Windows and, on addition, MSYS/Cygwin, which git depends on,
> introduces an intermediate layer that slows down certain operations
> quite a bit.
> So it is not that NTFS is slower than ext4/whatever for all relevant use
> cases, but that git is fine-tuned for the GNU/Linux filesystems. Plus,
> creating processes is much slower on Windows than on GNU/Linux (that's
> an undeniable fact.) As magit runs several commands for several
> often-used operations, that makes a big difference.

However, its performance is pretty fine on OSX, even though HFS is probably the 
worst filesystem that is still in non-legacy (FAT) use. I mean, a global 
write-lock, seriously?

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