RStudio lagging when in a .git controlled project

Dear Rstudio Community,

My RStudio is very slow when I am in a project that is Git controlled. When I am in a project without Git control, there is no slow-down.

To try fix this, I have reinstalled RStudio and Git. However, this has not helped.

I know some graphics drivers may cause this issue (e.g.,, but I am on integrated graphics.
I am also not in a network drive (RStudio Desktop slow and laggy when project is on a network drive).
The Git file is also hidden (RStudio suddenly slow processing).

My sessionInfo() is below:

R version 3.5.2 (2018-12-20)
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
Running under: Windows 7 x64 (build 7601) Service Pack 1

Matrix products: default

[1] LC_COLLATE=English_Australia.1252  LC_CTYPE=English_Australia.1252    LC_MONETARY=English_Australia.1252
[4] LC_NUMERIC=C                       LC_TIME=English_Australia.1252    

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     

other attached packages:
[1] sodium_1.1                      DBI_1.0.0                       rhandsontable_0.3.7             RSQLite_2.1.1                  
[5] shiny_1.2.0                     data.table_1.12.0               MapleDocumentationTesting_0.1.0

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 [1] Rcpp_1.0.0        compiler_3.5.2    later_0.8.0       prettyunits_1.0.2 remotes_2.0.4     tools_3.5.2       bit_1.1-14       
 [8] testthat_2.0.1    digest_0.6.18     pkgbuild_1.0.2    pkgload_1.0.2     jsonlite_1.6      memoise_1.1.0     pkgconfig_2.0.2  
[15] rlang_0.3.1       cli_1.0.1         rstudioapi_0.9.0  commonmark_1.7    rJava_0.9-10      withr_2.1.2       stringr_1.4.0    
[22] roxygen2_6.1.1    xml2_1.2.0        xlsxjars_0.6.1    htmlwidgets_1.3   desc_1.2.0        fs_1.2.6          devtools_2.0.1   
[29] bit64_0.9-7       rprojroot_1.3-2   glue_1.3.0        R6_2.4.0          processx_3.2.1    sessioninfo_1.1.1 blob_1.1.1       
[36] callr_3.1.1       purrr_0.3.1       magrittr_1.5      backports_1.1.3   ps_1.3.0          promises_1.0.1    htmltools_0.3.6  
[43] usethis_1.4.0     assertthat_0.2.0  xtable_1.8-3      mime_0.6          httpuv_1.4.5.1    xlsx_0.6.1        stringi_1.3.1    
[50] crayon_1.3.4 

Does anyone have any advice on what to do?

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On further testing, it seems that the slow-down happens when I switch tasks. After switching back to RStudio from a differnet window, the first operation in R lags.

How big is your .git folder?

I ask because I have seen some odd behavior after I accidentally checked a 3GB CSV into a git repo. Things got really weird and lagged like crazy.

RStudio will attempt to call git status behind the scenes in these cases, and if that is slow for some reason that can also cause RStudio to pause and / or hang.

Do you see the same behavior in a regular Git Bash console?

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