Looking into how to store things efficiently in I came across this SO answer:

At the end of that answer was this:
`git gc --aggressive`
So I tried that on my local copy of Linus' git repo ... and its size went from 5.1G to 3.4G 😮
It takes a bit of time and CPU power, but I just saved 1.7G without throwing anything away 😎

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@FreePietje Thank you for sharing.
This is what the Atlassian tutorial says about the `git gc --aggressive` command:
"The effects of --aggressive are persistent and only need to be run after a large volume of changes to a repository." Just an addendum.

@gnufcl Thanks :) I forgot to reference the manpage, which says ~ the same thing too:
"The effects of this optimization are mostly persistent."

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