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I have a repo with Ruby and PHP code in it.

Github says my repo is 74.8% PHP and 25.2% Ruby

I do not understand how this can be. When I compare the 2 languages in my project:

# Count how many files:

# Ruby
ls | grep ".*\.rb" | wc -l
# returns 10

ls | grep ".*\.php" | wc -l
# returns 1

# Count how many lines, words, chars:

# Ruby
cat *.rb | wc
# returns 229, 812, 5303

cat *.php | wc
# returns 102, 473, 2760

Ruby always seems to have more.

Am I missing something?

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This really belongs on a Github help site/forum. –  DeadMG Jul 8 '12 at 15:58
Check out Linguist, GitHub's library for detecting languages and generating language breakdown graphs. –  Yannis Jul 8 '12 at 16:11
@YannisRizos I will give that a look, thanks. –  JD Isaacks Jul 9 '12 at 2:05
@DeadMG If it was on Github's help site/forum I would not have seen it. Hence, I like the fact that this interesting question is here. –  JW01 Jul 11 '12 at 23:46

1 Answer 1

github uses Linguist to detect languages in a project.

Linguist is open source. look into the source files and you'll find:

in /bin/linguist

repo.languages.sort_by { |_, size| size }.reverse.each do |language, size|
  percentage = ((size / repo.size.to_f) * 100).round
  puts "%-4s %s" % ["#{percentage}%", language]

in /lib/linguist/file_blob.rb

 # Public: Get byte size
 # Returns an Integer.
 def size

so it actually use file sizes to determine the language percentage.

also keep in mind that binary data, vendored files, generated files, and non-program files are excluded.

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