Commit 7c98213a authored by Heiko Voigt's avatar Heiko Voigt Committed by Junio C Hamano

Add warning about known issues to documentation of cvsimport

The described issues are compiled from the tests by Michael Haggerty and me.
Because it is not apparent that these can be fixed anytime soon at least warn
unwary users not to rely on the inbuilt cvsimport to much.
Signed-off-by: Heiko Voigt's avatarHeiko Voigt <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJunio C Hamano <[email protected]>
parent e1d37937
......@@ -24,6 +24,9 @@ repository, or incrementally import into an existing one.
Splitting the CVS log into patch sets is done by 'cvsps'.
At least version 2.1 is required.
*WARNING:* for certain situations the import leads to incorrect results.
Please see the section <<issues,ISSUES>> for further reference.
You should *never* do any work of your own on the branches that are
created by 'git-cvsimport'. By default initial import will create and populate a
"master" branch from the CVS repository's main branch which you're free
......@@ -164,6 +167,37 @@ If '-v' is specified, the script reports what it is doing.
Otherwise, success is indicated the Unix way, i.e. by simply exiting with
a zero exit status.
Problems related to timestamps:
* If timestamps of commits in the cvs repository are not stable enough
to be used for ordering commits
* If any files were ever "cvs import"ed more than once (e.g., import of
more than one vendor release)
* If the timestamp order of different files cross the revision order
within the commit matching time window
Problems related to branches:
* Branches on which no commits have been made are not imported
* All files from the branching point are added to a branch even if
never added in cvs
* files added to the source branch *after* a daughter branch was
created: If previously no commit was made on the daugther branch they
will erroneously be added to the daughter branch in git
Problems related to tags:
* Multiple tags on the same revision are not imported
If you suspect that any of these issues may apply to the repository you
want to import consider using these alternative tools which proved to be
more stable in practise:
* cvs2git (part of cvs2svn), ``
* parsecvs, ``
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