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  1. Lucene - Core
  2. LUCENE-6933

Create a (cleaned up) SVN history in git



    • Type: Task
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: None
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      • selectively drop projects and core-irrelevant stuff:
        • lucene/site
        • lucene/nutch
        • lucene/lucy
        • lucene/tika
        • lucene/hadoop
        • lucene/mahout
        • lucene/pylucene
        • lucene/lucene.net
        • lucene/old_versioned_docs
        • lucene/openrelevance
        • lucene/board-reports
        • lucene/java/site
        • lucene/java/nightly
        • lucene/dev/nightly
        • lucene/dev/lucene2878
        • lucene/sandbox/luke
        • lucene/solr/nightly
      • preserve the history of all changes to core sources (Solr and Lucene).
        • lucene/java
        • lucene/solr
        • lucene/dev/trunk
        • lucene/dev/branches/branch_3x
        • lucene/dev/branches/branch_4x
        • lucene/dev/branches/branch_5x
      • provide a way to link git commits and history with svn revisions (amend the log message).
      • annotate release tags
      • deal with large binary blobs (JARs): keep empty files instead for their historical reference only.

      Non goals:

      • no need to preserve "exact" merge history from SVN (see "impossible" below).
      • Ability to build ancient versions is not an issue.


      • It is not possible to preserve SVN "merge history" because of the following reasons:
        • Each commit in SVN operates on individual files. So one commit can "copy" (and record a merge) files from anywhere in the object tree, even modifying them along the way. There simply is no equivalent for this in git.
        • There are historical commits in SVN that apply changes to multiple branches in one commit (r1569975) and merges from multiple branches in one commit (r940806).
      • Because exact merge tracking is impossible then what follows is that exact "linearized" history of a given file is also impossible to record. Let's say changes X, Y and Z have been applied to a branch of a file A and then merged back. In git, this would be reflected as a single commit flattening X, Y and Z (on the target branch) and three independent commits on the branch. The "copy-from" link from one branch to another cannot be represented because, as mentioned, merges are done on entire branches in git, not on individual files. Yes, there are commits in SVN history that have selective file merges (not entire branches).


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