I mentioned in a previous post that I had used git and git hooks to upload Hugo blog posts to my server, and that I am now using rsync as a faster more succinct alternative.
This has left me with lot of git history in my .git folder, which I really don’t need. I don’t think I am ever going to want to recover a blog post version, ever.
So I thought why not just delete all the history and reduce the junk in the site directories.
The following are the steps I used to clean out and shrink the data down to the latest committed.
- Let’s check the state of the repo:
git status # get the current state of repo
Caution these steps will delete all the repo’s history
- First create an orphan or isolated copy of the current state of the repo.
- Then add the files and commit.
- Next delete the old Master and move the clone to Master.
- Then push the new master to GitHub.
- Finally clean the old crap out of the repo using garbage collection aggressively.
git checkout --orphan <orphanName> # create and orphan clone of master git add -A # adds everything hardocre git commit -am "commit message" # Commit cleaned branch git branch -D master # Deletes original Master git branch -m master # Moves cloned branch to Master git push -f origin master # Push new Master to GitHub git gc --aggressive --prune=all # Garbage Collection hardcore
After running these steps; my site directory went from around 60 MB to about 40 MB, which is a saving of around 30%.
I don’t have a heavily image based site, so mostly the history files were Markdown text files, that being said, the saving is nice and on a larger graphical site it could equate to a lot of duplicated data.