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Switch from Bazaar to Git

Recently I had to switch a project from Bazaar to Git. Fortunately this has become quite easy using the right plugins. Just in case anyone out there needs to do the same: these are the steps if you want to keep your version history.

Git comes with an import plugin, bzr has an export plugin available. On debian based distros you might need to install the latter using

# available in lenny-backports, squeeze and ubuntu since 9.10
sudo apt-get install bzr-fastimport

Assuming you have  Bazaar repository in the folder ./bzr-repo just follow these steps to clone it to a git repoitory in the folder ./git-repo:


mkdir $GIT
cd $GIT
git init
bzr fast-export ../$BZR/ | git fast-import
git checkout
cd ..

The best part is: If you missed some revisions of Bazaar, e.g. because you forgot to merge an important branch, you can easily repeat the line bzr fast-export ../$BZR/ | git fast-import and Git should be smart enough to only import missing revisions.


Today a release candidate for sparkleshare 0.2 came out. Thanks to @jan for making me notice this great software a few days ago. It’s kind of a dropbox or ubuntu one clone but completely open source. You can use it to store your local data on a public server, your own server, your intranet or wherever you trust to put our data. All you need is a git server, ssh and a certificate to access it. No matter if it’s your local data storage, github or plan.io.

Comparing it to dropbox of course there still are a lot of downsides given its early state. There is no sophisticated encryption, only the data transfer is encrypted using ssl certificates. There is no GUI for easy sharing of data: whoever has access to your git repository can access your data, but no one else. However there are already a few nice features working quite well. Among them the easy GUI-based setup, the automatic syncing and the nice way to access old versions o data: right-click on a file, choose a version and a new file appears with the old date in its file name.

There is the source code for linux and mac versions available, binaries and a windows version are expected at a later point of time. In case you are on Ubuntu or Debian I recommend the following steps for installation after getting and unpacking the source from hbons’ github:

# install dependencies for the build process
sudo apt-get install gtk-sharp2 mono-runtime mono-devel monodevelop \
libndesk-dbus1.0-cil-dev nant libnotify-cil-dev libgtk2.0-cil-dev \
libwebkit-cil-dev intltool libtool python-nautilus libndesk-dbus-glib1.0-cil-dev

# using the prefix you enable the nautilus extension
./configure --prefix=/usr

# compile

# use checkinstall instead of make install to install it as a clean debian package
# that can be easily uninstalled using your favorite package manager
sudo checkinstall

# start the service
sparkleshare start

# You possibly have to restart nautilus to enable the plugin
nautilus -q

So go try it out!