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From "Bert Huijben" <>
Subject RE: Import history from a second repository
Date Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:55:22 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daniel Shahaf []
> Sent: dinsdag 1 april 2014 09:35
> To: Nico Kadel-Garcia
> Cc: Ryan Schmidt; Subversion Users
> Subject: Re: Import history from a second repository
> Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 22:23:22 -0400:
> > On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 8:51 PM, Ryan Schmidt
> > <> wrote:
> > > I've been developing a new feature of a public project in secret, in
> own private Subversion repository. It's almost entirely new code in a new
> directory. There's only one file that's based on an existing file, and
it's been
> heavily rewritten.
> > >
> > > There will come a time when I will want to publish this new code to
> project's public Subversion repository. At that time, I could export the
> from my private repository and import it to the public one, but this would
> lose my history. Is there a way to preserve the history -- replay the
> in order somehow? Other developers of this public project seem to be doing
> so, but I believe they are making their modifications locally in git
clones of the
> public Subversion repository, and then using git-svn to later commit the
> revisions to the public Subversion repository. I have not used git-svn and
> not comfortable using git which is why I did not attempt this method.
> >
> > The git-svn toolkit actually works well for this. It's vital for
> > environments where you want to record changes locally and don't have
> > write access to the shared repository. I've been hesitant to mention
> > this sort of approach to avoid irritating our core Subversion
> > developers, but it's been invaluable to some of my work.
> For the record, the Subversion developers don't think that svn is the
> hammer to every nail.  Some problems are better solved by rsync or git
> or tar, and when such a problem comes around, "Subversion is not the
> right tool for the job" is a perfectly acceptable answer.

With a bit of trickery you can use a combination of svnrdump (and maybe
svndumpfilter) to replay simple changes... (I performed a similar trick
recently when I separated a project that was initiated as part of another
project). But Subversion wasn't designed to do this for you.
(+1 on the "Subversion is not the right tool for the job")

In the past I heard quite successful stories about using git (and before
that: svk) to perform independent development against a Subversion
repository... But in general I would recommend using a public (or private)
branch in the same repository.


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