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  1. Install SubGit tool according to the   Installation guide.

  2. Configure GitHub

    • login to GitHub and create a new repository:

  3. Configure the local repository:

    Run this command on behalf of the same user you use to serve Git repository:

    $ subgit configure --layout auto --trunk trunk SVN_URL GIT_REPO


    • SVN_URL    –   the URL to the SVN project.

    • GIT_REPO  –  the path to the new Git repository where data from the SVN project will be imported to.
    • TRUNK   –  the path, relative  to   SVN_URL,  leading to the SVN directory that acts as the   main line of development.

      subgit configure example
      $ subgit configure --layout auto --trunk trunk ./project.git
                  SubGit version 3.2.4 ('Bobique') build #3670
                  Configuring writable Git mirror of remote Subversion repository:
                      Subversion repository URL :
                      Git repository location   : ./project.git
                  Git repository is served by GitLab, hooks will be installed into 'custom_hooks' directory.
                  Detecting peg location...
                  Authentication realm: <> Subversion Repository
                  Username [git]: user
                  Password for 'user':
                  Peg location detected: r10248 project/trunk
                  Fetching SVN history... Done.
                  Growing trees... Done.
                  Project origin detected: r1 project/trunk
                  Building branches layouts... Done.
                  Combing beards... Done.
                  Generating SVN to Git mapping... Done.
                  To complete SubGit installation do the following:
                  1) Adjust Subversion to Git branches mapping if necessary:
                  2) Define at least one Subversion credentials in default SubGit passwd file at:
                     OR configure SSH or SSL credentials in the [auth] section of:
                  3) Optionally, add custom authors mapping to the authors.txt file(s) at:
                  4) Run SubGit 'install' command:
                      subgit install ./project.git
    • Specify authors mapping
      Configure authors mapping in   default authors mapping file:


      Or change   core.authors  option so that it points to the global authors mapping file.

      Find more details about authors mapping in the   Authors mapping article.

  4. Import data into local Git repository by the command:

    $ subgit import GIT_REPO


        GIT_REPO  –  the path to the Git repository.

    subgit import
    $ subgit import ./project.git
         SubGit version 3.2.4 ('Bobique') build #3670
         Authentication realm: <> Subversion Repository
          Username [git]: user
          Password for 'user': 
          Translating Subversion revisions to Git commits...
             Subversion revisions translated: 10248.
             Total time: 2 hours 15 minutes 38 seconds.
  5. Sync local Git repository with GitHub:

    • step into the newly created local Git repository 

      $ cd GIT_REPO
    • add a   remote    to the local Git repository:

      $ git remote add github GITHUB_REPO


      • GITHUB_REPO  –  GitHub project URL.

    • push local repository content into GitHub repository:

      git push
      $ git push github --all --follow-tags
    • When the command completed, the local repository is not needed anymore and can be removed:

      $ rm -Rf GIT_REPO
  6. All the files from SVN are now on GitHub, so you can clone your GitHub repository and start to work with it:

    $ git clone GITHUB_REPO WORK_TREE


    • WORK_TREE  –  the path to your working copy.
    • GITHUB_REPO –  GitHub project URL

    git clone example
    $ git clone ./project.git
         Cloning into './project.git'...
         Password for '': 
         remote: Counting objects: 99, done.
         remote: Compressing objects: 100% (39/39), done.
         remote: Total 99 (delta 50), reused 99 (delta 50)
         Unpacking objects: 100% (99/99), done.

    Empty working tree case

    If Git warns you that you are cloning an empty repository and you don't see your files in the working tree, most probably automatic branches and tags mapping didn't work correctly. In this case, mapping has to be set manually, see details on mapping in Branches and tags mapping.

  7. Get support.

    If you have encountered any problems, see the following guides for more details:



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