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Re: need a good vss to svn migration tool

From: Phil Pinkerton <pcpinkerton_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 08:49:53 -0400

VSS2SVN is about 60% accurate leaves lots of orphaned files ( in my experience migrating over 200 VSS databases to Subversion)

The process I used was

1) Create the Subversion Repository that will replace the VSS database
2) Create a subversion working copy ( I had a NAS available with lots of space 300GB)
3) Run VSS analyze on the VSS database to be migrated
4) Do a VSS get Latest (Use the SVN working copy as the VSS working directory)
5) Remove all *.scc files from the working copy( I created a script to do the cleanup)
6) Do svn add for all the project directories/files in the working copy you want to migrate
7) Do a commit to put in Subversion

The upside it is fast
The downside is you lose metadata, and you have the same file structure as with VSS (many had modified the Repository later to have branches,tags,trunk)

What I did was zip and archive the VSS data so it could be accessed later if needed for history or other metadata.

Results after a small Subversion learning curve was the VSS archives were never accessed again.

just my 2 cents


On Sep 3, 2012, at 2:53 AM, "Cooke, Mark" <mark.cooke_at_siemens.com> wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bhushan Jogi [mailto:bhushanjogi.2008_at_gmail.com]
>> Sent: 02 September 2012 16:07
>> To: nsnceee_at_yahoo.co.in; users_at_subversion.apache.org; Cooke, Mark
>> Subject: need a good vss to svn migration tool
>> Hi,
>> I need to migrate from VSS 6.0d to SVN 1.7.5, I tried few
>> tools VSS2SVN(gives some error),svn importer(again some
>> issues not working), I also tried
>> http://code.google.com/p/vss2svn/downloads/detail?name=vss2svn
>> -0.11.0.zip nothing happens after launching the .exe file,
>> could you please let me know a food tool which can migrate
>> all labels, tags, version history properly.
>> Thanks & regards,
>> Bhushan
> We used vss2svn. I did have some teething trouble getting it to work but searching their mailing list and trying different things worked out OK in the end. As I mentioned recently, I do not think I used the "latest" version but it is three years ago now so my memory's not fresh. Also, I did use dumpfilter quite a lot but that was after vss2svn had made the dump file.
> ~ mark c
> P.S. I believe that the author does still answer the odd question on the vss2svn mailing list...
Received on 2012-09-03 14:50:39 CEST

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