We've been running git over SSH on our Mac OS X server. (It happens to be a Mini.) Problem is, it's frightfully slow. We often see speeds under 100KiB/s for cloning repositories from this server, and similar speeds cloning repositories from elsewhere to this server. The issue is not the server or its network connection; we've run speed tests and seen 1.5 to 2MB/s download speeds and up to 7MB/s upload.
scp transfers of large files are similarly quick.
Our theory is that git is moving a ton of tiny files, and this is causing filesystem overhead which is slowing the transfer.
- Is this a reasonable theory?
- Is there anything we can do to improve git performance on this box, or should we be looking for alternative hosting for our git repositories?