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Big tool rename.
As promised, this is the "big tool rename" patch. The primary differences since 0.99.6 are: (1) git-*-script are no more. The commands installed do not have any such suffix so users do not have to remember if something is implemented as a shell script or not. (2) Many command names with 'cache' in them are renamed with 'index' if that is what they mean. There are backward compatibility symblic links so that you and Porcelains can keep using the old names, but the backward compatibility support is expected to be removed in the near future. Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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+v0.1, July 2005
+git-cvsimport - Import a CVS repository into git
+'git-cvsimport' [ -o <branch-for-HEAD> ] [ -h ] [ -v ]
+ [ -d <CVSROOT> ] [ -p <options-for-cvsps> ]
+ [ -C <GIT_repository> ] [ -i ] [ -k ]
+ [ -s <subst> ] [ -m ] [ -M regex ] [ <CVS_module> ]
+Imports a CVS repository into git. It will either create a new
+repository, or incrementally import into an existing one.
+Splitting the CVS log into patch sets is done by 'cvsps'.
+At least version 2.1 is required.
+-d <CVSROOT>::
+ The root of the CVS archive. May be local (a simple path) or remote;
+ currently, only the :local:, :ext: and :pserver: access methods
+ are supported.
+-C <target-dir>::
+ The GIT repository to import to. If the directory doesn't
+ exist, it will be created. Default is the current directory.
+ Import-only: don't perform a checkout after importing. This option
+ ensures the working directory and cache remain untouched and will
+ not create them if they do not exist.
+ Kill keywords: will extract files with -kk from the CVS archive
+ to avoid noisy changesets. Highly recommended, but off by default
+ to preserve compatibility with early imported trees.
+ Convert underscores in tag and branch names to dots.
+-o <branch-for-HEAD>::
+ The 'HEAD' branch from CVS is imported to the 'origin' branch within
+ the git repository, as 'HEAD' already has a special meaning for git.
+ Use this option if you want to import into a different branch.
+ Use '-o master' for continuing an import that was initially done by
+ the old cvs2git tool.
+-p <options-for-cvsps>::
+ Additional options for cvsps.
+ The options '-u' and '-A' are implicit and should not be used here.
+ If you need to pass multiple options, separate them with a comma.
+ Attempt to detect merges based on the commit message. This option
+ will enable default regexes that try to capture the name source
+ branch name from the commit message.
+-M <regex>::
+ Attempt to detect merges based on the commit message with a custom
+ regex. It can be used with -m to also see the default regexes.
+ You must escape forward slashes.
+ Verbosity: let 'cvsimport' report what it is doing.
+ The CVS module you want to import. Relative to <CVSROOT>.
+ Print a short usage message and exit.
+-z <fuzz>::
+ Pass the timestamp fuzz factor to cvsps.
+-s <subst>::
+ Substitute the character "/" in branch names with <subst>
+If '-v' is specified, the script reports what it is doing.
+Otherwise, success is indicated the Unix way, i.e. by simply exiting with
+a zero exit status.
+Written by Matthias Urlichs <>, with help from
+various participants of the git-list <>.
+Documentation by Matthias Urlichs <>.
+Part of the link:git.html[git] suite