When converting from svn to git using git-svn or svn2git, how can I change the base path of the repository and possibly still keep branches/tags?

I’m moving a project from SVN to git (completely, so no need for git svn‘s SVN interop features) and I’ve tried using both git svn and svn2git (nirvdrum’s fork on github) and one problem I’ve got is that our repository layout in SVN was like so:


  • Git pull and merge during a merge
  • Using NodeJS to self-update project
  • How does git handle cloning another repository into a subdirectory?
  • Repository test is failed when I clone git repository in Android Studio on Windows
  • How to setup git attributes
  • Powershell - Getting multiple values from a nested object
  • and so when I import it into git, the root directory of the repository contains one directory, base (not the real name) and then all the stuff. This is kind of a problem for us, as it adds a few complications.

    Is there a good and easy way to change the root of the repository to be base, either during the import or retroactively with git’s mad history-changing powers? Otherwise, a directory that shouldn’t be the root of the repository and contains other unrelated code will have to be the root of the repository in git, which is strange, and for some reason, with SVN this was not the case (i.e. the root of the repository was base, and the parent directory did not have any svn stuff).

    Hopefully this is a quick question that someone can answer easily.

    Oh, by the way, I do sort of have branches and tags I want to import, but again these should be rooted at base, not the parent directory of base. It’s not a biggie if these aren’t possible to be imported like that because they are pretty much useless and the team was kind of half-heartedly using SVN before, but it would be nice to have them.

  • Work with git on Windows 7 machine
  • Developing Django projects using Git
  • Hudson git plugin won't clone repo on Linux
  • How do I download binary files of a GitHub release?
  • Error encountered while pushing to the remote Git repository
  • Add github library(BamTools) to c++ using cmake ExternalProject_Add
  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “When converting from svn to git using git-svn or svn2git, how can I change the base path of the repository and possibly still keep branches/tags?”

    svn2git takes options for that as well; using the example in Charles’ answer it would be:

    svn2git --trunk example.com/website/trunk/base/code \
            --tags example.com/website/tags/base/code \
            --branches example.com/website/branches/base/code

    [Caveat: I haven’t tried this, but as far as I know, svn2git just converts those into the -T|t|b options for git-svn.]

    You should be able to do:

    git svn init -Texample.com/website/trunk/base/code -texample.com/website/tags/base/code -bexample.com/website/branches/base/code

    instead of accepting the default or using -s|--stdlayout.

    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.