Sebastian Leske venit, vidit, dixit 21.11.2012 08:13:
> Document that when using git svn, one should usually either use the
> directory structure options to import branches as branches, or only
> import one subdirectory. The default behaviour of cloning all branches
> and tags as subdirectories in the working copy is usually not what the
> user wants.

"Usually" assumes that usually svn repos follow a branch/tag structure.
That may be quite true nowadays (but wasn't in the beginning).

In fact I would suggest to emphasize "--stdlayout" as the most standard
choice nowadays, followed by specifying a specific branch (usually
trunk) as the repo uri.

> Signed-off-by: Sebastian Leske <>
> ---
>  Documentation/git-svn.txt |   10 ++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/Documentation/git-svn.txt b/Documentation/git-svn.txt
> index 482d60d..928a961 100644
> --- a/Documentation/git-svn.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/git-svn.txt
> @@ -871,6 +871,16 @@ already dcommitted.  It is considered bad practice to 
> --amend commits
>  you've already pushed to a remote repository for other users, and
>  dcommit with SVN is analogous to that.
> +When cloning an SVN repository, if none of the options for describing
> +the repository layout is used (--trunk, --tags, --branches,
> +--stdlayout), 'git svn clone' will create a git repository with
> +completely linear history, where branches and tags appear as separate
> +folders in the working copy.  For projects with many branches this will
> +lead to a working copy many times larger than just the trunk.  It is
> +recommended to either use the the options for trunk / tag / branch
> +directory, or to only clone the trunk (or a subdirectory of the
> +trunk).
> +
>  When using multiple --branches or --tags, 'git svn' does not automatically
>  handle name collisions (for example, if two branches from different paths 
> have
>  the same name, or if a branch and a tag have the same name).  In these cases,

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