On Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 12:37:39PM -0700, Duff wrote:

> I'm trying to import from another company's SVN server (with their
> permission of course), however some of their SVN user entries have
> carriage returns in them.  It causes git-svn to die when I use the --
> authors-file option, because I can't add a username with a carriage
> return in that file.  (Or can I?)
> I see the following options, but I'd love more or easier ones.  Here
> they are:
> 1. Talk to the maintainer of the SVN server to remove the carriage
> returns in the names.
> 2. Edit git-svn.perl and recompile git.
> 3. Skip the revisions that have the carriage return in them.
> 4. Don't bother with the authors-file.
> The SVN maintainer is a great guy but very busy, so I don't know when
> he'll get to removing carriage returns, or if he'll agree to do so
> anyway.  I'm using an IT controlled box, so I can't edit the /usr/bin/
> git-svn file.  I switched to a box that I had control over, but the
> version of git installed didn't have the /usr/bin/git-svn file at
> all.  (I figure it's wrapped up into a single package now?)  So, I
> tried to edit the git-svn.perl file in the source and recompile, but
> I'm getting an error.
Two ideas:
* Removing bogus characters from committers' names is, indeed, a major
  undertaking as it would involve "filtering" the actual repo using
  Subversion's administration tools; so I can understand why the admin
  is somewhat reluctant to work on this.  So, can you ask him/her to
  just provide you with a dump of the original repo?  You then could
  remove that trash characters yourself and then import the resulting
  repo into Git without any hacks on the Git's side.
* Perl is a scripting language which means it compiles the source file
  just before executing the code in it, that is, on the fly.  Hence when
  you change a .pl file there's absolutely no need to recompile
  anything.  I mean, if you have a box you control (you can install Git
  onto it), just patch the interesting file in place after getting
  git-svn up and running.

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