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authorEric Wong <>2007-08-16 08:56:45 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2007-08-22 22:38:48 (GMT)
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git-svn: update documentation with CAVEATS section
Signed-off-by: Eric Wong <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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@@ -479,6 +479,38 @@ the user on the git side. git-svn does however follow copy
history of the directory that it is tracking, however (much like
how 'svn log' works).
+For the sake of simplicity and interoperating with a less-capable system
+(SVN), it is recommended that all git-svn users clone, fetch and dcommit
+directly from the SVN server, and avoid all git-clone/pull/merge/push
+operations between git repositories and branches. The recommended
+method of exchanging code between git branches and users is
+git-format-patch and git-am, or just dcommiting to the SVN repository.
+Running 'git-merge' or 'git-pull' is NOT recommended on a branch you
+plan to dcommit from. Subversion does not represent merges in any
+reasonable or useful fashion; so users using Subversion cannot see any
+merges you've made. Furthermore, if you merge or pull from a git branch
+that is a mirror of an SVN branch, dcommit may commit to the wrong
+'git-clone' does not clone branches under the refs/remotes/ hierarchy or
+any git-svn metadata, or config. So repositories created and managed with
+using git-svn should use rsync(1) for cloning, if cloning is to be done
+at all.
+Since 'dcommit' uses rebase internally, any git branches you git-push to
+before dcommit on will require forcing an overwrite of the existing ref
+on the remote repository. This is generally considered bad practice,
+see the git-push(1) documentation for details.
+Do not use the --amend option of git-commit(1) on a change you've
+already dcommitted. It is considered bad practice to --amend commits
+you've already pushed to a remote repository for other users, and
+dcommit with SVN is analogous to that.