Bazaar as interface to Subversion repositories

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at
Sat Nov 1 13:31:27 GMT 2008

On Sat, 2008-11-01 at 14:58 +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> Jelmer Vernooij <jelmer at> writes:
> > On Sat, 2008-11-01 at 14:13 +1100, Ben Finney wrote:
> > > Specifically, this has been the underlying explanation presented
> > > to mewhen I pointed out how using Bazaar as a client to existing
> > > Subversion branches *that other users interact with through
> > > Subversion tools* is sub-optimal. IIRC, the discussions covered
> > > areas like design decisions made in the storage data, which were
> > > appropriate only if one didn't use Subversion as the client.
> > Why is it suboptimal to use bzr-svn this way?
> Two bad experiences in particular: merges that duplicate existing
> merges in the branch
> <URL:>
> and metadata changes in ever-increasing quantity that no user actually
> cares about on every commit from a Bazaar client
> <URL:>
> <URL:>.
These two things can be avoided by using "bzr dpush" and the first
should be avoidable by using rebase rather than merge (so you get a
linear history). See also the bzr-svn FAQ.


Jelmer Vernooij <jelmer at> -
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