restoring git repository from bundle backup

i created backups of my git repository like in How to backup a local Git repository? proposed

git bundle create /tmp/foo-all --all

I can see all refs are in there, including a remote ref created by git-svn.
Now I can’t figure out how to restore this bundle to a local repository again.
I am quite quite sure i’ve done it already once. I tried git-clone but that gives me a just a repository with my backup bundle as remote repo.

I also tried

git init
git bundle unbundle /tmp/foo --all 

but this just lists all references…

Verifying the bundle gives:

$ git bundle verify $somewhere/foo.bundle 
The bundle contains 12 refs
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/master
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/heads/xxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx refs/remotes/git-svn
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx HEAD
The bundle requires these 0 ref
$somewhere/foo.bundle is okay
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  • 3 responses to “restoring git repository from bundle backup”

      masterdany88 said:

      Short answer:

      $ git bundle verify $somewhere/foo.bundle
      $ git clone $somewhere/foo.bundle
      Cloning into 'foo'...
      Receiving objects: 100% (10133/10133), 82.03 MiB | 74.25 MiB/s, done.
      Resolving deltas: 100% (5436/5436), done.
      $ cd foo
      $ git status

      Lazy Badger said this, but it’s in the last paragraph. 🙂

      masterdany88 said:

      Bundle contain not files, but deltas, you need the base in order to recreate the file content.
      You have to clone first, unbundle later. Init instead of clone allowed only in case, where bundle requires 0 refs

      Don’t ignore git bundle verify before unbundling

      git-bundle(1) – Linux man page

      Used to check that a bundle file is valid and will apply cleanly to
      the current repository. This includes checks on the bundle format
      itself as well as checking that the prerequisite commits exist and are
      fully linked in the current repository. git bundle prints a list of
      missing commits, if any, and exits with a non-zero status.

      If you are creating the repository, then you can clone from the bundle as if it were a remote repository instead of creating an empty repository and then pulling or fetching objects from the bundle

      fbicknel said:

      I newer version of git is enough to do:

      git clone bundle.file

      the whole commands:

      mkdir ~/git
      cd ~/git
      git clone /path/to/bundle.file

      It will restore completely Your’s git bare repository content (which will compile as it is normal source).
      You don’t need any other file. The bundle file is enough.

      It is wise to always verify You bundle file before unbundle as follow:

      git /path/to/bundle.file verify 
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