Git Mirror History Breakage

A few years ago, I started publishing a mirror of WordPress on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. It was subsequently promoted to WordPress/WordPress. What I neglected to do, however, was provide an appropriate authors.txt file, until recently. That means that earlier commits are attributed to dummy e-mail addresses and as such cannot be associated with user accounts on GitHub. Considering the recent introduction of contributions on GitHub, this seems a shame. Also, if we were to move to GitGit Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. Most modern plugin and theme development is being done with this version control system. in the future, we would probably want our official mirror to have the best possible data.


That we re-run the git-svn import with a proper authors.txt file.


We’ll have a proper Git mirror with good and consistent author data, that we can, if desired, use for a future migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies. to Git. Commits will be properly attributed in GitHub.


This will break Git history. If you have a Git checkout of WordPress, either standalone or in a submodule, that’ll mean that you’ll have to rebase your master branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". off of origin (or even better, blow the whole thing away and re-clone).

So: thoughts? Would this ruin your day?

#git, #github