[cvsnt] Re: cvsnt Digest, Vol 42, Issue 13

Chris Boot chris.boot at abacustree.com
Wed Jun 7 10:41:12 BST 2006

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Zlatko Arifhodzic wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm currently in the process of investigating how we might migrate our
>> CVSNT repository (currently on an Windows Server machine) to Subversion
>> or some other RCS. So far I've not had any luck at all running the usual
>> Subversion conversion scripts, such as cvs2svn and refinecvs, both of
>> which fail in their unique and individual ways. One of the main issues
>> I've hit is that the actual RCS files (,v) in many cases just don't seem
>> valid to the various scripts, so the conversion aborts or lots of files
>> simply don't get migrated.
>> Has anyone successfully migrated from CVSNT? What other revision control
>> systems can import repositories from CVSNT?
> Hello,
> I've sucessfuly imported a CVSNT repository to subversion for
> benchmarking purposes ( I'm not very happy with cvsnt :) ).
> I used the cvs2svn script, all took place on a Linux server. The import
> process was quite long to set up ( 1 week of troubleshootong and fine
> tuning, and finaly 1 weekend of processing ) but it did work.

Well it's good to know that it worked for someone! I'll keep working on 
it then.

> I had no critical problems with cvs2svn, other that my misuderstanding
> of all possible options. For instance, you realy need to correctly
> specify the locale your cvsnt is set to, and to pass the cvs parsing
> option --use-cvs as the script uses rcs parsing per default !

Thanks for the tips!

> All of this makes the processing much longer, but it finally ended with
> success. I'd like to ask you about the the problems you encounterd
> however it seems to me that this is a little bit off topic for this
> maling list.

Well I'm not the one making the decisions, but it seems like the users 
have had lots of trouble with commits that magically disappear and other 
such weird and wonderful failures.

> For other scm tools, I know about Perforce, wich is a fine piece of
> software providing importation scripts from cvs, however perforce is not
> free like svn.

No, and of course that wouldn't be my personal preference either, but if 
stuff doesn't work...


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