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Setting up an ABCL mirror from SVN to Git
posted on 2016-08-03 12:03:02

Copies of copies

As it so happens the ABCL main repository is held in Subversion, but since I'm more productive with Git I usually use a conversion to Git via the git-svn program. I've based my own copy off of slryus' one, however I had to fetch and update my own local copy since neither of us had done any fetching in quite some time. I'm writing down some notes below to make sure I (or others) can repeat the process in the future.

First we need a copy of an existing Git conversion.

git clone abcl-git
# or in case you have SSH access
git clone abcl-git

The master branch should be a direct mirror of the SVN repository, i.e. only have commits with git-svn annotations, like git-svn-id: 1c010e3e-....

Next we want to initialise the SVN remote and fetch the new commits.

git svn init --prefix=abcl/
git svn fetch -r 14791:14851

Note that the first revision in the fetch command is the last one in the Git master branch and the other one is the current HEAD of the SVN repository.

This process will take just a few moments, however while all the new commits will be based off of the master branch in Git, the first commit will be a duplicate and have more changes than the existing commit in Git.

2015-08-31 20:55 mevenson           │ │ o │ │ │ ansi-test: reference new git repository
2015-07-01 04:16 mevenson           o─┴─│─┴─┴─┘ abcl-asdf: fix usage with local repository   <<<<
2015-07-01 04:16 mevenson           │ I─┘ abcl-asdf: fix usage with local repository         <<<<
2015-06-30 18:42 mevenson           o abcl-asdf: correct metadata

The newly created first commit (14791 here) has lots of changes.


While the second, pre-existing one, has way less (and is just showing the same changes that are in the SVN commit).


To correct that and continue with a linear history I'm using the interactive rebase command.

git co -b test
git reset --hard abcl/git-svn
git rebase -i <commit _before_ the duplicated one>

Copy the hash of the correct, smaller commit and replace the pick ... line (at the top) that contains the duplicated commit with the one from the cloned-from Git repository, then exit the editor. Once the rebase is done we just need to update the ref for git-svn.

git update-ref refs/remotes/abcl/git-svn test

Note the syntax. If done correctly it will be updated in e.g. tig, if not there'll be a new entry showing up in git show-ref.

Lastly we want to rebase master to get the new commits.

git co master
git co -D test
git rebase abcl/git-svn master

Which will look somewhat like this:

2016-06-13 08:06 mevenson           o [master] {abcl/git-svn} {github/master} doc: note changes for abcl-1.3.4
2016-05-16 23:05 mevenson           o Update to asdf-3.1.7
2016-05-16 21:43 mevenson           o Update to jna-4.2.2

And push the updates.

git push origin master

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