SVN Users and Git Authors
Both Subversion and Git keep authors in commits, but those authors differ.
In SVN, the author is
being stored as an unversioned revision property
svn:author. Every time a Subversion user makes a commit, SVN creates a new revision and sets this revision
svn:author property to that exact user's name, for example, johndoe:
Git also stores author name along with commits, but this name differs from that in SVN: whereas SVN stores actual username, Git user identity consists of a name and email:
Those name and email don't relate to an actual username that is used to login to Git repository, they are being set in Git configuration, for example, they may be set by the commands:
The Git user John Doe is then referred as
This exact line then appears as the author name in every commit that John Doe makes.
It worth to mention that Git holds not only author name, but also a committer name:
Pro Git book describes the difference between those names as follows: the author is the person who originally wrote the work, whereas the committer is the person who last applied the work. So, if you send in a patch to a project and one of the core members applies the patch, both of you get credit – you as the author, and the core member as the committer.
SubGit translates Git author name, so committer name doesn't mean much for the SVN-to-Git translation process.
Authors mapping affects licensing
Note, that SubGit uses authors names to count licensed users, see Licensing manual for details.
All the configuration options reside in SubGit configuration file, that is situated in subgit subdirectory inside a newly created Git repository:
There are two configuration options that relate to authors:
this option represents a path to the authors mapping file or authors mapping helper program. The path is either relative to the Git repository or absolute. The default authors file is situated in SubGit directory:
There may be more that one
authorsFileoption set in the file:
All the mentioned files content is being merged into a full list. If an SVN username appears more than once – only its first occurrence will be applied. For example, if an SVN username
johndoeappears in both authors files:
In this case, the SVN name
johndoeis being mapped to Git name
John Doe <firstname.lastname@example.org>as it appears first in the list.
this option represents a domain name that is being used to construct a Git user email address in case if no explicit authors mapping has been provided. If the option is not set, Git user email appears empty in commits – a pair of angle brackets with nothing in between:
Authors mapping for SVN server 1.7.20, 1.8.12 or 1.9.0
If you are using SVN server 1.7.20, 1.8.12 or 1.9.0 or later, and the SVN repository is being accessed over
http(s):// protocol, then
pre-revprop-change hook may need to be enabled in SVN repository, see SVN authors are not being set correctly article.
Automatic Authors Mapping
When SubGit starts translation between SVN and Git, it looks for authors mapping files or authors helper programs. If none of them present, it generates the mapping automatically, following these rules for the translation:
- Subversion svn_user_name is being translated to svn_user_name <svn_user_name@defaultDomain> in Git
- Git Author Name <email@example.com> is translated to Author Name in Subversion
defaultDomain here stands for the
core.defaultDomain SubGit configuration option.
subgit configure call, this setting is being set to the hostname. Also, if
subgit configure is invoked with
--layout auto option, SubGit connects to specified SVN project, checks its history and generates authors mapping using found SVN usernames and given defaultDomain. Then SubGit fills up the default authors file with the resulting mapping.
For example, suppose, the defaultDomain is set like follows:
A user made commits in SVN under john_doe SVN account.
When SubGit translates these commits to Git, it sets author name in Git commits in the following way:
Similarly, Git commits that made by John Doe <firstname.lastname@example.org> Git user appears in SVN with John Doe author name.
The authors mapping file is a text file filled with SVN username - Git author pairs. Each pair maps SVN username to Git author like:
For example, a mapping for a user John Doe may look like this:
Each mapping pair must appear on a new line.
During SVN to Git translation, SubGit searches all specified authors files for a mapping pair. If the matching pair is found, SubGit uses appropriate author name. If there is no match, then SubGit generates author name according to automatic mapping rules.
It is possible to map more than one SVN username to the same Git author:
Revisions that are created either by
johndoe are being translated to Git commits with author name
John Doe <email@example.com>. However, Git commits that are made by John Doe
<firstname.lastname@example.org> are being translated to SVN revision using first SVN username in authros files that matches particular Git name –
john_doe in this case.
Similarly, one SVN username can be mapped to different Git authors:
Again, every Git commit made by those authors will be translated with author set to
jdoe. SVN revisions made by
jdoe is always set to first matching Git user in the
authors files –
John Doe <email@example.com> in this particular case.
Changes made to authors files are being applied immediately, there is no need to restart mirroring or reinstall SubGit.
Scriptable Authors Mapping
In addition to the authors files, there is another way to establish SVN to Git authors mapping using authors helper program. The authors helper is an executable – script or binary – that is able to read data from standard input and send its work result to the standard output. Input and output data must fulfil the following formats:
for Git to Subversion mapping:
for Subversion to Git mapping:
Every time SubGit needs to map an author name, it invokes the authors helper, passes the name to it and expects the helper to answer with matching author name.
The authors helper program might be extremely useful especially when you have many authors and the authors list is constantly changing – new users are being added, names and emails changes and so on. If you use some catalog to store accounts – LDAP, Active Directory, OpenID and so forth – you can create a script that will gather needed information from the catalog and provide it to SubGit.
On configuration phase SubGit creates a simple
authors.sh script in
samples subdirectory. This script doesn't do much useful, it just demonstrates how input data is being read and output data provided.
while read input do if [ -z "$name" ]; then name="$input" elif [ -z "$email" ]; then email="$input" fi done if [ -z "$email" ]; then echo Full Name echo firstname.lastname@example.org else echo shortSvnUserName fi exit 0;
For more details on the authors helper see Script-provided authors mapping article.