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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