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I have a checkout from an svn repository, the host of which I no longer have access to. I would like to import this codebase into a new git repository, but I haven't been able to figure out how to import the history rather than just add the files.

Is it possible to import this history from an svn checkout into a new git repository, and if so how would I do this?

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You can use git-svn to do this. – wyz Dec 6 '11 at 2:05
@wyz: Not from a checkout you can't. – Mark Johnson Dec 6 '11 at 4:19
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Your svn checkout has none of the history locally, that's located on the SVN server. Without access to the server, all you've got is the versions of the files in your checkout.

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This is what I was afraid of. Thanks for this. – Caleb Thompson Dec 7 '11 at 5:40
@Caleb: If you had or could get a dump of the repo, you'd be in business. – Mark Johnson Dec 7 '11 at 17:19
I'm not sure that I could get that, but if I could what would a 'dump' entail (more specifically, what are the commands to get one)? Related: why is it that svn checkouts do not include the history? Or am I just biased because I'm using dvcs? – Caleb Thompson Dec 7 '11 at 18:08
@Caleb: On the box hosting the SVN repo (server), you'd invoke 'svnadmin dump /path/to/repo', take the resulting dump file, import it into your own SVN repo, and run git-svn against that. SVN is not a DCVS, it's a centralized system, promoted at one point as "CVS done right." – Mark Johnson Dec 7 '11 at 22:33
I know it isn't a DVCS, I was referring to my use of git, not to my (prior) use of svn. Thanks for your help! – Caleb Thompson Dec 7 '11 at 22:40

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