atom feed4 messages in org.kernel.vger.gitRe: git-svn clone on a central server
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Bruno HarbulotMar 15, 2008 12:38 pm 
Peter HarrisMar 15, 2008 4:45 pm 
Bruno HarbulotMar 16, 2008 7:47 am 
Peter HarrisMar 17, 2008 8:01 am 
Subject:Re: git-svn clone on a central server
From:Peter Harris (
Date:Mar 17, 2008 8:01:39 am

On Sun, Mar 16, 2008 Bruno Harbulot wrote:

The way I'm planning to use this is to create a "central" bare repository on the server (by moving the '.git' directory and setting bare=true in the config file) that I would like to keep in sync with the original SVN repository (and also push by own branches). I'd like then to pull these changes to my working copies of that central repository. I'm not quite sure how to update this central bare git repository (and then its clones) with the changes in the SVN repository upstream. (By the way, I'm not planning to 'dcommit' anything directly, just reading from this SVN.) Are there any recommendation on how to achieve this?

I run "git svn fetch" hourly (and "git gc" daily) from cron on my 'server'. My working copies, I just "git pull" when I want an update as usual.

I also occasionally "git svn (fetch|rebase|dcommit)" in my working copies. Just remember to blow away .git/svn after each "git (fetch|pull)" so that git-svn knows to rebuild the local index. Also, you just have to wait for the central 'server' to run another update before your next "git (fetch|pull)", or it will rewind the state of your svn branches.

(Also note that state can get out of sync if an svn log message or author changes between the working copy's "git svn (fetch|rebase|dcommit)" and when the server's cron job triggers - basically never, unless you happen to have coworkers who like to ammend their svn log messages shortly after making a commit)

I don't push branches to my 'svn fetch' repo (I use a separate repo for that), but I don't see why it would cause a problem.

I'm sure there are other ways to do this.