bzr svn-import with a deep branch layout

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at
Sat Oct 31 13:42:51 GMT 2009

Hi Russ,

On Thu, 2009-10-29 at 07:19 -0500, Russ Brown wrote:
> On Thursday 29 October 2009 02:45:48 am you wrote:
> > On Wed, 2009-10-28 at 16:05 -0500, Russ Brown wrote:
> > > On Wednesday 28 October 2009 12:57:41 pm Jelmer Vernooij wrote:
> > > > See "bzr help svn-layout" for more information on manually setting the
> > > > repository layout that should be used. You can use wildcards.
> > >
> > > Yes, see my other mail on this thread about how I'm making use of this
> > > feature to solve the problem using something of a brute-force method.
> > 
> > IIUC you're not using wildcards though - are the branch paths that
> > strange?
> > 
> Unfortunately there has been some, erm, indiscipline over the course of this 
> repository when it comes to branch creation. Some branches were created as 
> direct children of branches/, others in subdirectories.
Ah, thanks - I think I understand the issue now.

>  Some branches were 
> actually created from subdirectories of trunk/, so I'd rather not consider 
> those as branches at all as I'd imagine that it could confuse svn-import a 
> bit. It seemed best to just explicitly list those that I want considered as 
> branches, in an attempt to guarantee the highest-quality import possible.
bzr-svn shouldn't be confused by branches that were created from
directories inside of trunk, but it won't store them in any optimized

I think what you're asking for is possible and might be a neat thing to
support in svn-import, but not useful as standard approach to find
branches in Subversion and a non-trivial amount of work to implement.
Could you perhaps file a wishlist bug about it?



Jelmer Vernooij <jelmer at> -
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