How To Convert Bazaar Repo to Git

This was way more difficult that I thought it would be, but I have conquered. I may be the only person in the world who even cares about doing this, but I'm writing it here so I don't forget.

I think it's hard because both the revision control tools, and the conversion tool are all still pretty new and in a state of flux. I finally got it to work using bzr version 0.15.0, git version, and tailor version 0.9.29. Both bzr and git are just what I had on my Ubuntu Feisty Fawn box that I keep up to date with backports and everything. Tailor version 0.9.26 is in the feisty repositories, but it most definitely didn't work for this. I grabbed the tarball for the latest source from here. You can just untar it and run it right from there.

OK, now, once you have tailor, to make this work, you need a tailor configuration file. Just put it anywhere and name it whatever you like. Mine looked a little like this:

verbose = True
patch-name-format = ""

source = bzr:source
target = git:target
start-revision = INITIAL
root-directory = /homes/brmu/testing/fw_tests
state-file = tailor.state

repository = /homes/brmu/lnx/fw_tests
subdir = fw_tests-bzr

subdir = fw_tests-git

The paths for root-directory and the subdirs are just what I needed for my particular project. This tells tailor to grab the bzr repo from /homes/brmu/lnx/fw_tests, and then (I'm not sure exactly why it makes a copy) copy it to /homes/brmu/testing/fw_tests/fw_tests-bzr. Then it creates a git repository in /homes/brmu/testing/fw_tests-git and does the migration/conversion from bzr to git using these two new directories. I already had the /homes/brmu/testing/fw_tests directory created. Once you have this configuration file set up you can run tailor like this:

/path/to/latest/tailor -D -c tailor.conf

tailor.conf is the configuration file, of course. I found the best documentation for tailor in the README file with the source code. There is a wiki and a manpage, but those were both not as helpful.


Marian Schubert said…
I'm having problems converting this simple bzr repo to git:

any idea what might be wrong?

Anonymous said…
tailor makes a copy of the bzr repository because it fetches one patch at a time, then rsyncs the bzr directory with the git repository then commits the changes, so the bzr copy will slowly evolve as the migration is taking place.
homunq said…

I had some problems because my INITIAL revision was empty, so tailor gave me a funny "NoSuchId: The file id "None" is not present in the tree" error. So I had to set my start-revision to a later revision id, which I got from "bzr version-info -all"

(like you, I may be the only one with this problem, but I'm putting the solution out there because I wish someone else had).
piyo said…
Inspired from your post, I wrote a bash script to help automate the process. It's generic and full of comments so it might be useful. Then again the source repo was very simple.
Eric said…
It is now easy to convert between Bazaar and Git (and Mercurial) using fast-export and fast-import. Example:

bzr fast-export --plain --rewrite-tag-names ../project_bzr | git fast-import

See the succinct example here or the detailed example
Eric said…
p.s. If your Bazaar repository has bug tracking metadata that you want to preserve in Git, that would be lost using --plain. However, Git's fast-import cannot normally handle the full content of Bazaar's fast-export with --no-plain.

One solution that filters the --no-plain output to make it acceptable to Git is described here.

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