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z3c.recipe.staticlxml Moved to Git

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I’ve got a request to update my buildout recipe to build a statically linked lxml library, I decided to move the repository to GitHub. This way, people can fork my code and submit pull requests.

As I ran into some issues during the process I did a quick writeup.

Moving to git

First I cheked GitHub for a tutorial – I’m lazy.

Then I tried to launch git-svn in my shell, tried to install it, until I remembered that the actual command is git svn. D’oh.

Then I ran into this error when importing the SVN repo:

using existing [svn-remote "svn"]
Using higher level of URL: svn+ssh:// => svn+ssh://
W: Ignoring error from SVN, path probably does not exist: (160013): Filesystem has no item: File not found: revision 100, path '/z3c.recipe.staticlxml'
W: Do not be alarmed at the above message git-svn is just searching aggressively for old history.
This may take a while on large repositories
r93394 = b27bb31b8e3f9048d7fbf639ebd89e6b33f47f36 (refs/remotes/trunk)
    A   buildout.cfg
    A   CHANGES.txt
    A   src/z3c/
    A   src/z3c/recipe/staticlxml/tests/
    A   src/z3c/recipe/staticlxml/tests/
    A   src/z3c/recipe/staticlxml/
    A   src/z3c/recipe/staticlxml/README.txt
    A   src/z3c/recipe/
    A   README.txt
W: +empty_dir: z3c.recipe.staticlxml/trunk/downloads
r93395 = 6898a232ff85dbfd6aff4e4f9dc959fe3b9fd443 (refs/remotes/trunk)
    M   buildout.cfg
    M   CHANGES.txt
    M   src/z3c/recipe/staticlxml/
    M   src/z3c/recipe/staticlxml/README.txt
r93396 = 40feb0aa5f65476cf6fa7b8722e164660dd0c4e2 (refs/remotes/trunk)
    M   buildout.cfg
    M   CHANGES.txt
    M   src/z3c/recipe/staticlxml/
r93397 = 1155246997d81732cdcb466c0b692edcd260d231 (refs/remotes/trunk)
    M   CHANGES.txt]
r93400 = 32375fd9ab8024c0f8b8ed0f40a3dad27a520a25 (refs/remotes/trunk)
Found possible branch point: svn+ssh:// => svn+ssh://, 93401
Use of uninitialized value $u in substitution (s///) at /usr/local/Cellar/git/ line 2097.
Use of uninitialized value $u in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/local/Cellar/git/ line 2097.
refs/remotes/svn/tags/0.1: 'svn+ssh://' not found in ''

Google reveals that this seems to be a git issue.

So, I updated to git, but still the same error. More googling, and some perl hacking I ended up with this diff:

--- /usr/local/Cellar/git/ 2012-02-25 14:52:46.000000000 +0100
+++ /usr/local/Cellar/git/  2012-02-25 14:53:46.000000000 +0100
@@ -2094,8 +2094,12 @@
                    " globbed: $refname\n";
            my $u = (::cmt_metadata("$refname"))[0];
-           $u =~ s!^\Q$url\E(/|$)!! or die
-             "$refname: '$url' not found in '$u'\n";
+           if (!$u) {
+               $u = $pathname;
+           } else {
+               $u =~ s!^\Q$url\E(/|$)!! or die
+                 "$refname: '$url' not found in '$u'\n";
+           }
            if ($pathname ne $u) {
                warn "W: Refspec glob conflict ",
                     "(ref: $refname):\n",

This seems to do the trick.

Actual Commandline To Do The Conversion

After hacking around the issues I got, the actual process is simple:

$ mkdir z3c.recipe.staticlxml.git
$ cd z3c.recipe.staticlxml.git
$ sudo gem install svn2git
$ svn2git --verbose svn+ssh://

Then simply add the new remote and push:

$ git remote add origin
$ git push origin master

Now create a development branch:

$ git co -b develop
$ git push origin develop

Now I’m ready to hack on this project.