Git Conversion Lazarus

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This page has the detailed steps used to convert the Lazarus SVN repro to git.


The initial conversion will be done using TMate Subgit.


Unpack subgit to



An author.txt file

 svn-name - git-name <email>

Run / main repro

   cd ~/subgit/subgit-3.3.11
   ./bin/subgit configure laz.git
   gedit laz.git/subgit/config 

And add the following (the first line, replaces an existing setting)

     trunk = trunk:refs/heads/main
     gitCommitMessage = %message\\n\\n SVN %revision@%branch\\n
     eols = false
     otherProperties = false
     ignores = false

The translate options prevent .gitignore and .gitattributes. Those can be translated, but will later be replaced...

   cp authors.txt laz.git/subgit/authors.txt
   ./bin/subgit install laz.git

Without skipping the gitignore/gitattributes, there will be an error at revision 47330. The process will hang. nterrupt it and editI


and set branches-maxRev and tags-maxRev to 47332 (it should be at 47330) Continue with

   ./bin/subgit install laz-bin.git

Stop the daemon

   ./bin/subgit shutdown laz-bin.git/

Run / binaries repro

   ./bin/subgit configure laz-bin.git
   gedit laz.git/subgit/config 
     gitCommitMessage = %message\\n\\n SVN %revision@%branch\\n
     trunk = binaries:refs/heads/main
     cp authors.txt laz-bin.git/subgit/authors.txt

follow the steps above

Part 2

  • Updating gitignore
  • Prefixing all issue references with #
  • translating svn revisions to git hashes

Set a git user

   git config --local ""
   git config --local "lazarus"

Clean out left overs from subgit

   git for-each-ref --format="%(refname)" refs/svn/ | xargs -n 1 git update-ref -d

Clean left overs from binaries

There are a few tags, that lead to binaries (gdb.exe) ending up in the data

  git tag -d binaries_0_9_26
  git tag -d binaries_0_9_26_2
  git tag -d binaries_0_9_28
  git tag -d binaries_0_9_30
  git tag -d binaries_0_9_30_2
  git tag -d binaries_0_9_30_2RC1
  git tag -d binaries_1_0

Updating gitignore/gitattributes / Prefix issues with #

The below combines the 2 steps. It can be run in 2 separate calls.

It will run for about one hour.

   FILTER_BRANCH_SQUELCH_WARNING=1 git filter-branch --index-filter '  cp ~/subgit/subgit-3.3.11/.gitignore  ~/subgit/subgit-3.3.11/.gitattributes . ; git add .gitignore .gitattributes '  --msg-filter ' perl -ne "while (s/((?:iss?ues?|[ (](?:bugs?|mantis|fix|fixes|patch)\b)(?: +id)?[ :]+(?:#?0*[1-9][0-9]{2,4}(?: *(?:[ ,]| and ) *))*)(0*[1-9][0-9]{2,4})\b/\1#\2/i) {}; print" ' -f  -- --all


   git for-each-ref --format="%(refname)" refs/original/ | xargs -n 1 git update-ref -d
   git reflog expire --expire=now --all ;git gc --prune=now

Translating references to svn rev (r12345) to #hash

This must be the very last filter-branch. As each filter-branch creates new hashes for the commits, and that would invalidate the hash refs created here.

Updating tags

This must be done after all filter-branches

  • Annotate all tags.
  • Create some more tags

This needs the git user being set

   git for-each-ref --format="%(refname:short)" refs/tags/ | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -f -a $0 -m $0 $0 '

   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_2_2..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-2_3" -m "main to version 2.3" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_2_0..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-2_1" -m "main to version 2.1" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_1_8..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-1_9" -m "main to version 1.9" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_1_6..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-1_7" -m "main to version 1.7" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_1_4..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-1_5" -m "main to version 1.5" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_1_2..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-1_3" -m "main to version 1.3" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_1_0..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-1_1" -m "main to version 1.1" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_0_9_30..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-0_9_31" -m "main to version 0.9.31" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_0_9_28..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-0_9_29" -m "main to version 0.9.29" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_0_9_26..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-0_9_27" -m "main to version 0.9.27" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   fixes_0_9_24..main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-0_9_25" -m "main to version 0.9.25" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "main-0_0" -m "main init" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_2_2 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-2_2" -m "fixes 2.2 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_2_0 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-2_0" -m "fixes 2.0 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_1_8 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-1_8" -m "fixes 1.8 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_1_6 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-1_6" -m "fixes 1.6 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_1_4 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-1_4" -m "fixes 1.4 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_1_2 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-1_2" -m "fixes 1.2 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_1_0 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-1_0" -m "fixes 1.0 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_0_9_30 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-0_9_30" -m "fixes 0.9.30 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_0_9_28 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-0_9_28" -m "fixes 0.9.28 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_0_9_26 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-0_9_26" -m "fixes 0.9.26 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..fixes_0_9_24 | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "fixes-0_9_24" -m "fixes 0.9.24 branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "free-sparta" -m "free-sparta branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..gtk-splitup | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "gtk-splitup" -m "gtk-splitup branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..lcl-smartlink | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "lcl-smartlink" -m "lcl-smartlink branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..listviewsortindicator | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "listviewsortindicator" -m "listviewsortindicator branch" $0'
   git rev-list --in-commit-order  --reverse   main..macosfullkeyboardaccess | head -n 1 | xargs -L1 /bin/sh -c 'git tag -a "macosfullkeyboardaccess" -m "macosfullkeyboardaccess branch" $0'

Comparing data before/after filter-branch

With subject line / Will show changes in subject

   git log --pretty='format:%ae %an %cd  %s %d' --graph --all > ../log.txt

Without subject line / Should have no diff

   git log --pretty='format:%ae %an %cd %d' --graph --all > ../log.txt

Make sure you do that after "clean up" in each step.

Also "removing the binaries" introduces a diff.


Please mail me for any changes. Do not make changes here. Otherwise the changes will not make it into the conversion.




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