[cvsnt] CVSNT to SVN

Chuck Kirschman Chuck.Kirschman at Nosp_am.bentley.com
Fri Aug 17 13:23:55 BST 2007

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This is probably the wrong group for this question as posed; you may do 
better on the SVN groups.  CVS2SVN is the popular tool. 

But I'm guessing that you're asking here because you found that CVS2SVN 
is designed for straight cvs, not cvsNT.  It will work with cvsNT with 
some caveats.  When I tried it (it's been a few months), I found that it 
didn't handle the newer cvsNT features well.  So if you've done renames 
for example, you're going to run into some issues.  I also saw problems 
if a file is both binary and ascii (kb and kkv) in different revisions. 
  For the former, we ended up not using rename due to some bugs when we 
tried it, so we only had a couple of those to deal with and we just 
manually handled them.  For the latter, these almost always occur when 
someone wanted the file to be binary but forgot -kb on the add.  For 
these we just put the old "format: binary" tag into the ,v file, and it 
usually worked okay.  You may end up with other issues depending on 
which features you have used in your process.  Or maybe you'll be lucky 
and someone has fixed up CVS2SVN to handle cvsNT.

We didn't end up using SVN; the cost of the transition outweighed the 
benefits.  However, you may want to look at the distributed systems like 
Mercurial (or bitkeeper, darcs, git, bazaar); these systems have a lot 
of promise.  Again you'll need to do a little work to make the converter 
handle cvsNT.  Which revision control system you should use depends on 
your needs and work flow.  If you're considering changing systems, you 
probably should look at a couple different types to see which will best 
suit your company.


Satish Menon wrote:
> Hi,
> Noticed an old thread discussing the CVSNT to SVN migration.
> Request more information on how they did the migration.
> Checkout from CVS and add/upload to SVN or some other method?
> ThanksRegards Satish

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