TOP TIP: If you have more than 2000 or so repos, then you should be using v3.2 or later; there was a bit of code that went in there that makes a huge difference for really large sites.
Gitolite is pretty efficient in most cases, and generally nothing needs to be done. If you think you have a performance problem, let me know on the mailing list. Meanwhile, here are some tips:
Look in the gitolite log file after any operation that you think ran slowly. In particular, pushing to the admin repo, or a user creating a new wild repo, might be a little slow, and the log file will tell you a bit more detail on what took time.
If you don't use gitweb or git-daemon, or use them but are perfectly happy to control access to them from outside gitolite, you can comment out the corresponding lines in the ENABLE list the rc file.
If you can't get rid of those scripts, and they are still taking too long, you can make them run in the background. They'll eventually finish but the user doesn't have to wait. See src/triggers/bg. This should not normally be needed; if you feel you need it, please talk to me so I can understand why and maybe help.
If you're more concerned about your users' time when they create a new wild repo (and not so much about the admin push taking time), you can fix a couple of scripts and send me a patch :)
Here's the scoop:
Scripts invoked via
POST_CREATE do get information about what repo has just been created. However, the gitweb and daemon scripts are not set to take advantage of this, only the git-config one is. So use the git-config script as an example, and/or read the triggers page, and fix the other two programs.
(This should be easy enough for the daemon update, but the gitweb update may be a little more tricky, since it may involve deleting lines from the "projects.list" file.)
In general, gitolite has a constant overhead of about 0.2 seconds on my laptop. There really is nothing to optimise, but you can comment out some triggers as the previous section said.
Here's the big-O stuff:
repo r1 r2 r3, N = 3. Add up all such lines.
repo @g1 @g2 foo/[a-z]*, G =
@g1 = r1 r2 <nl> @g2 = r3 r4 r5, M = 5.
Gitolite overheads compared to a normal ssh push are:
"rule parse time" is where it makes a difference. There are 2 files gitolite parses on each "access":
~/repositories/your_repo.git/gl-conf. The former contains O(N + M + G*A) lines. In addition, the gl-conf files contains about "A" lines (remember we called it an average), which is negligible.
In practice, you can't measure this at a scale that a developer running a "git push" might even pretend to notice, unless you have more than, say, 5000 repos or so. On my testbed of 11,100 repos, where the compiled.pm is almost 0.7 MB, it takes less than 0.2 seconds to do this.
And on a busy system, when that file will be pretty much always in cache, it's even less.
Literally, the only thing that will take time is something like "ssh git@host info" because it finds all possible repos and for each of them it tries to check the access. On that same test bed, therefore, this ends up reading all 11,100 "gl-conf" files.
On my laptop this takes about 14 seconds. In contrast, a normal git operation (clone, pull, push, etc) is so small it is hard to measure without software.