Git, shallow clone hashes, commit counts and system/security updates

Graham Perrin grahamperrin at
Tue Mar 2 06:33:09 UTC 2021

On 02/03/2021 05:42, Kevin Oberman wrote:

Re: Panic after updating from source
> On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 6:31 PM Michael Sierchio <kudzu at> wrote:
>>> You need to be aware that the shallow clone hash will not include the
> commit count which will be used in future security updates to make it easy
> to check whether your system needs to be updated or not. A full clone does
> require more space, but I was surprised at how little extra space it
> requires. Warner  is updating his git mini-guide to point out this issue.
> If you run STABLE, it's a really significant concern. You can convert the
> shallow clone to a full one with "git fetch --unshallow". This will take
> some time to run.
> --
> Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
> E-mail: rkoberman at
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Drawing the above (with a change of subject line) to the attention of 
the freebsd-current list.

Thank you, Kevin and Warner.

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