Question on (my) workflow migration svn -> git

Ulrich Spörlein uqs at
Mon Oct 5 15:03:21 UTC 2020

On Sun, 2020-10-04 at 11:03:42 -0700, David Wolfskill wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 04, 2020 at 01:49:03PM -0400, Ed Maste wrote:
> > ...
> > Indeed. Let me reiterate though that this is a consequence of
> > fine-tuning the conversion process; once the migration is complete it
> > should not happen again.
> Sure -- and I (at least half-)expected that: I am experimenting, so at
> this stage, I expect a loty of stuff to be tried and tossed.

David, I'm not sure what "unhappiness" you were referring to. I just
updated the bare repo from my stable_12 worktree that I've created last

Yes, it downloads a lot (about 1GiB), but that is due to the hashes
changing. Now what happens is that you cannot just `pull` that in, due
to not really having a shared ancestor (or rather, it is way too far

What I tried:

% cd /tmp/stable_12
% git fetch   # takes some time, downloads 1GiB ...
Receiving objects: 100% (2734600/2734600), 1.04 GiB | 2.90 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (2119516/2119516), completed with 368 local objects.
 * branch                    HEAD       -> FETCH_HEAD

This is a bit worrying, as it did not update any of the refs, so it's
borderline useless. A `git pull` instead of fetch will spew out a grant
massive diff though and churn like mad. ^C ^C

So we need to properly update our "upstream" bare repo first:
% cd /tmp/src.git
% git fetch -pP

That downloads everything again, which isn't surprising as it doesn't
know about all the other refs that were already fetched, and also
because the server offers that all in 1 giant packfile and I guess it
doesn't re-compress and encode things on the fly :/

Turns out that refuses to clobber existing tags, so I run it again with
--force. Still no luck with refs, turns out this wasn't a --mirror
clone, so I add `mirror = true` and `fetch = +refs/*:refs/*` under its
remote section.

% git fetch --force --all
aaahh, that finally gets me all the refs into a proper mirror bare repo.

Back to stable/12 workspace and force a checkout to stable/12, even
though due to hash re-spinning it is something "totally" unrelated.

% cd /tmp/stable_12
% git status  # will list how we are so, so different from what is now
              # stable/12 in our local upstream bare repo that we share
              # refs with
% git reset --hard stable/12   # yolo, get us stable/12 no matter what
                               # we have to throw away

So there you have it. No need to throw away your existing bare repo, but
starting out with a --mirror clone would've made things easier.

Then you need to keep in mind git never wants to throw away any diffs
you might have, and we might get 1 or 2 more massive "diffs" due to
different hashes till the final switch over date.

As you want a read-only mirror/checkout of this, you can just forcefully
`reset --hard` the workspace to whatever git hash or reference you

> > Deleting and cloning again from scratch is a reasonable way to
> > interact with the repository during this stage.
> > 
> > > That is not waht I'm trying to do.  I am trying to have a (separate)
> > > working copy (for each branch I use) that persists from day to day, and
> > > which I update from the repo shortly before I rebuild FreeBSD.
> > 
> > For the time being I think that you'd want to remove the bare repo and
> > worktrees, and recreate everything from scratch over a hash change.

Not really required, but you need to understand the data model to be
able to dig your clone out of that mess.

> And that part's fine.
> Where I'm having a problem is for the (usual) case of "no hash change",
> but there have been commits to the source-of-truth: it appears that "git
> fetch --all" copies those to my local private mirror, but I don't see
> how to get my "worktree" updated.

In your stable_12 workspace, you should be able to do this normally with
`git pull origin stable/12`, but that is a) not going to work while we
respin hashes and b) overkill, as you don't even want any of the
safeguards. So in short:

- in your bare --mirror clone: git fetch (--force)
- in your workspace: git reset --hard stable/12

This is not expected to make sense

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