superproject: Display status messages during repo init/sync.

Superproject objects accept the optional argument “quiet”.
The following progress messages are displayed if quiet is false.

Displayed the following message whenever we find we have to make a new
folder (aka new remote), because if you started with repo init android
and later do googleplex-android that is when it will be slow.

"<location>: Performing initial setup for superproject; this might take
several minutes.".

After fetch completion, added the following notification:
"<location>: Initial setup for superproject completed."

Tested the code with the following commands.

$ ./run_tests -v

Tested the sync code by using repo_dev alias and pointing to this CL.

$ repo_dev init -u persistent- -b rvc-dev  --partial-clone --clone-filter=blob:limit=10M --repo-rev=main  --use-superproject

Bug: [google internal] b/181178282
Change-Id: Ia7fb85c6fb934faaa90c48fc0c55e7f41055f48a
Reviewed-by: Mike Frysinger <>
Tested-by: Raman Tenneti <>
diff --git a/ b/
index a09edc1..651da48 100644
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -41,7 +41,8 @@
   lookup of commit ids for all projects. It contains _project_commit_ids which
   is a dictionary with project/commit id entries.
-  def __init__(self, manifest, repodir, superproject_dir='exp-superproject'):
+  def __init__(self, manifest, repodir, superproject_dir='exp-superproject',
+               quiet=False):
     """Initializes superproject.
@@ -49,9 +50,11 @@
       repodir: Path to the .repo/ dir for holding all internal checkout state.
           It must be in the top directory of the repo client checkout.
       superproject_dir: Relative path under |repodir| to checkout superproject.
+      quiet:  If True then only print the progress messages.
     self._project_commit_ids = None
     self._manifest = manifest
+    self._quiet = quiet
     self._branch = self._GetBranch()
     self._repodir = os.path.abspath(repodir)
     self._superproject_dir = superproject_dir
@@ -89,6 +92,9 @@
     if not os.path.exists(self._superproject_path):
+    if not self._quiet and not os.path.exists(self._work_git):
+      print('%s: Performing initial setup for superproject; this might take '
+            'several minutes.' % self._work_git)
     cmd = ['init', '--bare', self._work_git_name]
     p = GitCommand(None,
@@ -183,6 +189,8 @@
       return False
     if not self._Fetch(url):
       return False
+    if not self._quiet:
+      print('%s: Initial setup for superproject completed.' % self._work_git)
     return True
   def _GetAllProjectsCommitIds(self):
diff --git a/subcmds/ b/subcmds/
index fc44604..c2376b6 100644
--- a/subcmds/
+++ b/subcmds/
@@ -185,10 +185,15 @@
     return {'REPO_MANIFEST_URL': 'manifest_url',
             'REPO_MIRROR_LOCATION': 'reference'}
-  def _CloneSuperproject(self):
-    """Clone the superproject based on the superproject's url and branch."""
+  def _CloneSuperproject(self, opt):
+    """Clone the superproject based on the superproject's url and branch.
+    Args:
+      opt: Program options returned from optparse.  See _Options().
+    """
     superproject = git_superproject.Superproject(self.manifest,
-                                                 self.repodir)
+                                                 self.repodir,
+                                                 quiet=opt.quiet)
     if not superproject.Sync():
       print('error: git update of superproject failed', file=sys.stderr)
@@ -553,7 +558,7 @@
     if self.manifest.manifestProject.config.GetBoolean('repo.superproject'):
-      self._CloneSuperproject()
+      self._CloneSuperproject(opt)
     if os.isatty(0) and os.isatty(1) and not self.manifest.IsMirror:
       if opt.config_name or self._ShouldConfigureUser(opt):
diff --git a/subcmds/ b/subcmds/
index 0db96b5..3ad0627 100644
--- a/subcmds/
+++ b/subcmds/
@@ -292,7 +292,8 @@
       Returns path to the overriding manifest file.
     superproject = git_superproject.Superproject(self.manifest,
-                                                 self.repodir)
+                                                 self.repodir,
+                                                 quiet=opt.quiet)
     all_projects = self.GetProjects(args,