On Sep 27, 2011, at 8:42 PM, Godmar Back <god...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM, David Aguilar <dav...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sep 27, 2011, at 6:30 PM, Godmar Back <god...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm trying to migrate from CVS to git. To that end, I'm trying to use the
>> 'git cvsimport' command to import an existing CVS repository into a remote
>> bare git repository I've created.
>> I have set up the git repository using 'git init --bare repos.git' and I
>> have verified that I can clone this (empty) repository over an ssh
>> transport. I have set up ssh public key authentication successfully.
>> However, when I try to import the CVS repository into the remote repository
>> git cvsimport -i -r git@mygithost:.git -v -d :pserver:.... reposname
> I think the error is because you are trying to tell it to use the remote
> repo, which is not how it works.
> the remote -r flag is best omitted for this use case (one-time conversion)
> create a new local repo and do it there:
> git cvsimport -C newrepo ...
> then push it to your shared repo
> cd newrepo
> git remote add origin git@host:foo.git
> git push origin master
> then you're best off doing new work in clones and discard the repo used for
> the conversion.
> Thanks for your reply. However, shouldn't it be
> git push origin --all
> to make sure all branches that were in the CVS will be available in the new
> git repository?
> - Godmar
that's up to your preference. when I convert cvs repos I've never needed its
old branches. ymmv. they just kinda get in the way for me; I personally prefer
to just get a master branch when switching to git and leave the old stuff
after converting cvs repos I also like to filter-branch it to rewrite commits
to have better authorship by looking up name/email in ldap (or some other
method) from the username. filter-branch can be twisted into doing some good
stuff after importing and before everyone starts basing work on it.
> git clone git@host:foo.git
> there's a section where importing a cvs archive is covered in this doc:
>> it'll start retrieving the CVS histories, but then fail with:
>> fatal: Cannot lock the ref 'refs/remotes/git@mygithost:repos.git/master'.
>> Cannot write branch master for update: Bad file descriptor
>> What does that mean, and what is the correct workflow to migrate from CVS to
>> I'm using git 126.96.36.199.
>> Note that I wish to keep CVS's centralized model for now by using a
>> centralized bare repository that will function as a shared upstream for all
>> developers in our project; that's why I am trying to import the CVS
>> repository into it.
>> Thanks for any help.
>> - Godmar
>> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups
>> "Git for human beings" group.
>> To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> To unsubscribe from this group, send email to
>> For more options, visit this group at
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Git
for human beings" group.
To post to this group, send email to email@example.com.
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to
For more options, visit this group at