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Re: a basic vss2svn.py

From: Jens B. Jorgensen <jens.jorgensen_at_tallan.com>
Date: 2003-11-07 22:34:37 CET

Ok, well since someone's already taken an interest in extending the
functionality I set up a little repository (svn 0.28.2) to hold this
beast. Also, since someone had a problem with ActivePython 2.3 and in
particular its COM support I made some changes that work around that.
The latest update can be had at:


Jens B. Jorgensen wrote:

> Ok, I finally got around to creating a basic VSS to svn conversion
> script. Before anyone gets too excited let me state that my script
> *only* handles the creation of directories and the creation and
> checkins of files. Renames, deletions, etc. are simply ignored. With
> some work this stuff could be added but I am neither motivated (my
> current client decided to move to ClearCase) and definitely don't have
> time.
> I started by looking at cvs2svn.py. For a little while I thought about
> abstracting out some operations so perhaps they could share a module.
> Then I decided that since I was only going to support the most basic
> operations I would just be happier hacking out the bits of logic I
> needed from cvs2svn.py that deal with creating the svn dump file. And
> this is what I did.
> The basic strategy is to use the VSS COM interface (you'll need the
> win32all extensions) to iterate through the tree and on each node
> (directory/file). For each node I iterate through the "Versions"
> collection and skipping Actions like rename, move, label, etc. etc. I
> end up writing for each Created or Checkin action a line containing
> the timestamp, a hash of the username and comments, the revision
> number and the path. This follows the same idea as cvs2svn.py. I next
> sort that file externally using the sort command so you'll need cygwin
> or you'll need to accomplish this in some other way. I then read in
> this file and as I go through it I check to see if subsequent entries
> have the same hash over username/comments and are within a
> configurable time margin. If that's true then those events are counted
> together in a single revision. This does a decent job of capturing
> 'logical' commits you've made to vss into a single svn revision.
> The outcome of the script is an svn dump file named 'svn_dump' which
> you can then load into a fresh repository.
> So, for all those that want to convert their vss repositories into svn
> go ahead and take a crack at this. Note that it is certainly possible
> to capture all of the VSS history including file renames, deletions,
> moves, etc. but I just didn't want to spend the time doing this. This
> would be not quite straightforward to do but if you're determined...
> Anyhow to use the script you'll need to edit it to change the
> hard-coded values for the repository path etc. which are all at the
> top of the script.
> If you find bugs or make enhancements let me know. And last but not
> least the script may be had from the following URL.
> http://pitroda.net:8000/~jbj1/vss2svn.py

Jens B. Jorgensen
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