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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Building a single Hg repository (was: An svn question)
Date Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:17:14 GMT
On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 23:27, Greg Stein <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 05:42, Jens-Heiner Rechtien <> wrote:
>> On 06/27/2011 01:08 AM, Greg Stein wrote:
>>>> Merging them in hg is easy, just pull/merge. But ... we are talking about
>>>> a
>>>> hundred or so CWSs here. In all kinds of readiness states.
>>>> If we merge them now, we won't have a working OOo for a long time. Now,
>>>> we
>>>> could skip the merge part and leave the heads "dangling". Hg heads are
>>>> kinda
>>> That's what I was thinking. And then map these "dangling" heads to
>>> individual branches in svn.
>>>> anonymous branches in Mercurial. Don't know if a repository with multiple
>>>> heads can be converted to SVN. Probably quite tricky (the tool would need
>>>> to
>>>> generate sensible names for the different heads).
>>> If the converter tool doesn't have the feature, it seems pretty
>>> straight-forward to add code to either provide a name mapping for
>>> them, or auto-generate names.
>> The anonymous heads could be marked with the cws name as a mercurial
>> bookmark, just after the individual pull step. That way the information is
>> at least already in the all-in-one hg repository. A smart converter could
>> use them to generate svn branch names. Something along this lines:
>> $ cd <all-in-one-respository>
>> $ hg pull ../cws/os151
>> ... the latest changeset of CWS os151 is now tip
>> $ hg bookmark -r tip os151
>> $ hg bookmarks
>>   os151                     276718:f4d674e63830
>>   ....
> Great. Thanks for the pointers.
> I'm going to start updating the (see tools/dev/) with
> this stuff. I'd appreciate if you could keep an eye on the commits and
> correct me where I stray. I've never used Mercurial before.
> I've read up on the difference between: tags, branches, local tags,
> and bookmarks. I agree that it seems bookmarks are appropriate for
> this purpose. We could technically use a tag since no further work
> would be done in this "single" repository. However, we may be able to
> use the bookmarks as an indicator for branch construction (vs a static
> copy in tags/).
> I suspect that a lot of work will happen on the Convert extension to
> Mercurial to manage this transition :-)
> One more thing... I cloned one of the CWSs (ab78), and it was 2.8 Gb.
> My clone of DEV300 is 3.5 Gb. Is the size of that CWS typical? There
> are about 250 CWSs hosted at OOo. If the average holds, I would need
> to clone 700 Gb of material down to my system to perform the
> integration.
> Am I missing something? Is there a better way? etc.

For the size issue, I've been pointed at:


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