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See RepositoryConversion for other conversion tools.

Tailor is a tool that supports conversion between a variety of systems.

Example Tailor conversion from CVS

This is tested with Mercurial 0.7 and Tailor 0.9.18. As of 2007-03-12, Mercurial 0.9.3 and tailor 0.9.26 don't play well together. The patches by John Goerzen allow conversion to complete (see below "Example Tailor conversion from Darcs" for information about getting John's patches), but the resulting repository has not been heavily used yet.

 mkdir -p /path/to/hg/repo
 cd /path/to/hg/repo
 tailor -v --source-kind cvs --target-kind hg --repository $REP --module MODULENAME -r INITIAL > MODULENAME.tailor
 vi MODULENAME.tailor

Now you will at least need to change subdir from . to MODULENAME, and remove /MODULENAME from root-directory in the MODULENAME.tailor file. You will probably also want to add the line:

 patch-name-format = %(revision)s

at the end of the "project" section to get your cvs checkin comments in the patch summaries. Type 'man tailor' and search for patch-name-format to learn more about this. When done editing the config file type:

 tailor --configfile MODULENAME.tailor

When this is done, you should have a working Mercurial repository that matches the trunk of the CVS archive you have been using. The --repository option gets passed to CVS via the -d option, so anything that works for $CVSROOT will for for --repository.

Be aware that the last stage of this script will take a long time to run. Also, local access to the CVS repository instead of remote access may make it significantly faster.

Things to know:

Tailor will only convert one branch at a time. If you have multiple branches in CVS, see TailorCVSBranches

Tailor config files

A very convenient way to use Tailor is through ini style config files. An example file like the following could be used to convert from a CVS repo to a Mercurial one:

patch-name-format = %(revision)s
verbose = True
encoding = iso-8859-15

root-directory = /home/brendan/hg/mutt
source = cvs:source
target = hg:target

module = mutt
repository =

encoding = utf-8

Example Tailor conversion from Darcs

You will need a very recent Tailor with the patches from John Goerzen in it before attempting this. These patches were integrated into the Tailor darcs repo on March 6, 2007. Your best bet at present is to download Tailor directly with darcs:

darcs get --partial

A config file such as this works well:


target = hg:target
root-directory = /home/jgoerzen/hg/missingh
state-file = missingh.state
source = darcs:source
start-revision = INITIAL
subdir = missingh
patch-name-format = %(revision)s

repository = /home/jgoerzen/hg/missingh/missingh

repository = /home/jgoerzen/tree/missingh

I placed this file in /home/jgoerzen/hg/missingh/missingh.tailor. It will create a new Mercurial repository in /home/jgoerzen/hg/missingh/missingh, based on the Darcs repository in /home/jgoerzen/tree/missingh.

To run the process, simply use:

tailor -D -v --configfile missingh.tailor

Omit the -D and -v if it is too chatty for you.

Converting Large Or Complex Repositories

If you have a repository with some complex operations or which has many patches (i.e. thousands), you may find that it's better to add a couple of things to the process above:

  1. Chunked conversion of 200 patches at a time to make it faster
  2. Use of the seperate subdirectory feature of tailor to deal with some of the complex cases. See for information on this option

An appropriate configuration file would look like this:

verbose = True

start-revision = INITIAL
state-file = tailor.state
root-directory = /Volumes/GHC-Hg
source = darcs:source
target = hg:target
patch-name-format = %(revision)s

repository = /Volumes/GHC-Hg/ghc-head
subdir = ghc-head-hg

repository = /Volumes/GHC-Hg/ghc-intermediary
subdir = ghc-head-darcs

Where ghc-intermediary is a intermediate Darcs repository we will stage the patches in to, 200 at a time. Before you start, run these commands in the Tailor root-directory:

mkdir ghc-intermediary
(cd ghc-intermediary; darcs init)

And then instead of invoking tailor, run a script with these contents (again, from the root-directory):


while python -c "print 'y'*200+'d'" | (cd ghc-intermediary; darcs pull --quiet /Users/mbolingbroke/Programming/Checkouts/ghc.head)
  tailor -c ghc-intermediary.tailor

Obviously you should replace the path to ghc.head in this script with that to your own Darcs repository.


Tailor (last edited 2012-05-14 21:19:01 by mpm)