My 186-commit Mercurial repository had grown from a lean 12.5 megabytes to an unwieldy 300 megabytes; a staggering 2400% increase.
Help came in the form of the generous Derek Hammer, friend of the blog and seasoned gitarist. After roughly 20 minutes of fiddling, the
repack command was all that was needed to compress my new git repository down to 19.5 megabytes:
$ git repack -AdF
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