In the past few months we’ve been discussing on the infrastructure-dev mailing list about various ways of extending or improving the version control functionality available to Apache projects. One of the main themes of the discussion has been making it easier to access Apache codebases using git or other distributed SCM tools.
The new svn.eu.apache.org mirror that was recently announced supports git-svn use when accessed as an authenticated user over https. Unfortunately that access is limited to Apache committers and git-svn can be notoriously slow when making initial clones of complex codebases in svn.
To work around these issues I set up a collection of git mirrors of selected Apache codebases on my server. You can find these unofficial mirrors at http://jukka.zitting.name/git/. The mirrors are automatically updated daily.
The mirrors work pretty much like normal git repositories in that you don’t need git-svn or any other svn tools to work with them. The only significant difference to normal git repositories is that svn tags are mapped to branches named “tags/…” in the mirrors due to the different way git and svn handle tags. Also, settings like svn:ignore, svn:eol-style, etc. are not replicated in these git mirrors.
Let me know if you’re interested in seeing other Apache codebases mirrored. I’m also interested in other feedback or ideas related to these git mirrors.