From svn to git on a Mac

In the "yet another anecdote that may not work for you" department, here is my journey from svn to git on a Mac. My objectives were simple:

  • Get git working
  • Use git atop some existing svn repositories
  • Convert some svn repositories entirely to git

My experience with package installs is that if things start to go a little squirrely, give up and build from source. Git was no exception. Build from source didn't quite work either:

  MSGFMT    po/de.msg make[^1]: *** [po/de.msg] Error 127

This blog post got me past the first hurdle. Git was working, but the svn integration was not, so I followed this advice to reinstall subversion with Perl bindings. (This actually worked without resorting to source.)

Next, I followed these instructions to completely convert a substantial svn repository to git. That almost worked, but since my repositories are authenticated (duh!), I ran into this problem:

  Can't locate SVN/ in @INC  

This is caused by a missing Perl module, as documented here. After a couple of minutes fiddling with the multiple Perl installs on my machine to install to the Perl that git-svn expected, I was ready to go.

And with that I seem to be up and running. Total time: about 2.5 hours.

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