On 01/23/2013 12:03 PM, John Keeping wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 10:54:36AM +0100, Michael Haggerty wrote:
>> On 01/20/2013 09:17 PM, Chris Rorvick wrote:
>>> I have never used cvs2git, but I suspect Eric's efforts in making it a
>>> potential backend for cvsimport are a better use of time.
> Is it possible to perform an incremental import with cvs2git?  This
> seems to be the one use case where the old cvsimport script (with cvsps
> 2.x) still performs the best.
> I suppose that just re-running the full import will do the right thing
> since the commits in Git should be identical, but would it be possible
> to do better given the right information about a previous run?

No, cvs2git does not support incremental imports.  One user has reported
that he *usually* gets identical commits for the overlapping history
when he re-runs a full import, and last I heard he was using this as a
kind of incremental import.  We make an effort to make imports
reproducible, at least when using a single version of cvs2git (for
example, we process things in deterministic order rather than the order
they happen come out of a file directory or Python hashmap).  But the
cycle-breaking heuristics in particular can give different results if
history is added, not to mention the fact that CVS allows the user to
make changes with retroactive and non-timestamped effects (e.g., adding
or removing files from an existing branch/tag, changing a file's default
branch from vendor to HEAD, changing the log messages of old revisions,
obsoleting revisions).  And if your repository is large, a full import
can take a while.

It would be possible to enhance cvs2git to handle incremental imports
(well, at least if you rule out a few CVS commands that change deep
history).  But I don't believe anybody is working on this.


Michael Haggerty
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