Git Shallow Clone

August 13, 2014

I was trying to clone a fat git repository to my machine. It failed with the following error message.

error: index-pack died of signal 9921)  
fatal: index-pack failed

Cloning a huge repository might fail quiet frequently. The solution to this is shallow cloning (cloning the repository in parts)

1.Clone the latest commit first and then the rest. We have to specify the depth as a parameter to clone.

  git clone [repo_url] --depth 1

2.Clone the rest of the repository

  git fetch --depth=100000 or
  git fetch --unshallow (equivalent of git fetch -–depth=2147483647)

Note: If you just have a shallow clone and remote revoke the latest commit(s), you are lost. So try to unshallow it as soon as possible