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.
* 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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