reposurgeon - a repository surgeon
reposurgeon enables risky operations that version-control systems
don't want to let you do, such as (a) editing past comments and metadata,
(b) excising commits, (c) coalescing commits, and (d) removing files and
subtrees from repo history. The original motivation for
was to clean up artifacts created by repository conversions.
reposurgeon is also useful for scripting very high-quality conversions
from Subversion. It is better than
git-svn at tag lifting,
automatically cleaning up
cvs2svn conversion artifacts, dealing with
nonstandard repository layouts, recognizing branch merges, handling
mixed-branch commits, and generally at coping with Subversion's many
odd corner cases. Normally Subversion repos should be analyzed at a
rate of upwards of ten thousand commits per minute.
repodiffer is a program that reports differences between repository
histories. It uses a
diff(1)-like algorithm to identify spans of
identical revisions, and to pick out revisions that have been
changed or deleted or inserted. It may be useful for comparing the
output of different repository-conversion tools in detail.
Another auxiliary program,
repotool, performs various useful
operations such as checkouts and tag listing in a VCS-independent
manner. Yet another,
repomapper, assists in automatically preparing
contributor maps of CVS and SVN repositories.
repocutter program is available for some specialized operations on
Subversion dumpfiles; it may be useful in extracting portions of
particularly gnarly Subversion repositories for conversion witth
This distribution supports a generic conversion workflow using these tools, and includes the DVCS Migration Guide that describes how to use it.
The file 'reposurgeon-git-aliases
can be appended to your~/.gitconfig' to
support working directly with action stamps in git.
Finally, an Emacs Lisp mode with useful functions for editing large comment mailboxes is included.
There is an extensive regression-test suite in the
To test the correctness of this software, ensure that
is installed and then type
reporting-bugs.asc for advice on how to troubleshoot problems
reposurgeon and report bugs.
reposurgeon website along with the documentation in HTML files
lives at www.catb.org/esr/reposurgeon/.
The files Dockerfile, .dockerignore, .gitlab-ci.yml, and the contents of ci/ are not distributed; they are configuration for test builds on GitLab's CI machinery.