from time to time changing to a directory (through terminal) launches git process which takes 100% of CPU time and up to 5-6 seconds during which my console is absolutely unresponsive.

This doesn't happen every time when I navigate to this directory, but it happens several times during the day.

After 5-7 seconds git process is gone and I get into the directory

Any ideas?

my ~.zshrc is here

➜  Config git:(develop) uname -a         
Linux dmitry 4.13.4-200.fc26.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Sep 28 20:46:39 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
➜  Config git:(develop) zsh --version    
zsh 5.3.1 (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu)
➜  Config git:(develop) 
➜  Config git:(develop) bash --version
GNU bash, version 4.4.12(1)-release (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu)
  • 3
    Your zsh/git configurations are going to be critical to diagnosing this.
    – Jeff Schaller
    Oct 9, 2017 at 23:19
  • 1
    Are you using some git command to set (parts of) your shell prompt?
    – NickD
    Oct 10, 2017 at 0:01
  • 1
    I have added .zshrc config. I'm using antigen to load modules and display status info in the prompt. It gets some info from git, but I have no custom invocation of git by my own code. It just started to happen last week and infrequently. Like 2-3 times a day. Oct 10, 2017 at 0:13
  • Is this directory on a local disk or some network share? Oct 10, 2017 at 3:38
  • Local, ssd disks @AndyDalton Oct 10, 2017 at 5:38

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You'll probably have to debug it yourself as your ~/.zshrc is very specific and uses many third party extensions.

Some debugging tools that will help you here:

  • PS4='+[%D{%T.%.}] %N:%i> ' zsh -x

    and try to reproduce the problem.

    That will log all commands run by zsh with some timing so you can identify which one takes a lot of time and what is calling it.

    You may want to run that under script (see also its -t option) or with 2> file.log as the output is likely to be very copious.

  • strace -tte execve -s 999 -o strace.log zsh

    That traces all command executions again with timing.

You could also instrument calls to git only with something like:

git() {
  local PS4='[%D{%T.%.}] %N:%i:'
  print -u2 -f '-> %s (%s)\n' ${funcstack:^funcfiletrace}
  set -o localoptions -o xtrace
  command git "$@"

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