Optionally any recipe can be deployed so that a garbage collection task is scheduled to run periodically against a specified list of repositories.
By setting the environment variable
GIT_GC_ENABLED=true, a new stack will be deployed to provision the resources needed to run garbage collection as a scheduled ECS task.
Please refer to the relevant configuration section to understand which parameters need to be set for this.
You can also deploy and destroy this stack separately, as such:
make [AWS_REGION=a-valid-aws-region] [AWS_PREFIX=some-cluster-prefix] create-scheduled-gc-task
make [AWS_REGION=a-valid-aws-region] [AWS_PREFIX=some-cluster-prefix] delete-scheduled-gc-task
The scheduled task will be executed on any primary EC2 instance. You will need to account for this when deciding the instance type and the allocated CPU and Memory running on those EC2 instances.
CPU and memory allocated to the GC task are hardcoded to 1 vCpu and 1GB, respectively. Depending on the amount and size of repositories, these might not be fitting values.
The docker image onto which the GC task is based is not the official OpenJDK.
The GC task requires a list of projects to perform GC on.
Whilst this provides flexibility for the Gerrit admin to decide which projects should be GC'd, it might also make it difficult to manage for installations with a very large number of projects.
There is already a Gerrit plugin named gc-conductor that can offload this burden by evaluating the dirtiness of repositories and add them to a queue to be garbage collected.
This approach should and can be considered as a valid alternative to perform GC activities.