git-pack-redundant - Linux


git-pack-redundant identifies redundant loose objects suitable for repacking in a repository. These objects are typically created by commands like git add or git checkout, and they can be safely removed to optimize the repository size and performance.


git pack-redundant [<options>] [<object-threshold>] [<pack-threshold>]


  • --depth <depth>: Limits the search for redundant objects to the specified depth in the history.
  • --objects (optional): Prints a list of redundant objects found.
  • --pack (optional): Repacks the redundant loose objects.
  • --all (optional): Processes all objects in the repository.
  • --aggressive (optional): Removes all redundant loose objects, even if they are referenced by other repositories.
  • --keep-pack (optional): Preserves the pack created during repacking.


Identify redundant loose objects:

git pack-redundant --objects

Repack redundant loose objects:

git pack-redundant --pack

Process all objects:

git pack-redundant --all

Remove all redundant loose objects:

git pack-redundant --aggressive

Common Issues

Duplicate objects not found:

  • Check the object threshold (set to 100 by default); increase it if necessary.

Pack file creation failed:

  • The user might not have write permissions to the repository.
  • Check the pack threshold (set to 500 by default); increase it if necessary.


git-pack-redundant can be used with other Git commands to improve repository maintenance and performance:

git gc --prune=now && git pack-redundant --aggressive

This command chain removes unreachable objects, then identifies and removes redundant loose objects created during the pruning process.

Related Commands

  • git gc: Maintains a packed repository by removing dangling objects.
  • git repack: Repacks loose objects into a single pack file.