Using local GIT to access remote SVN repository

git is nice. Very nice. But as we are still using SVN for many projects, using git is not always possible. Or, is it?!

Luckily, git comes with very nice support for using it in combination with an SVN remote repository. By doing so, you can clone any SVN remote repository into a local git repository, create local branches, local commits, local reverts, etc… and finally push everything back to SVN.

Creating the initial clone
git svn clone -T trunk -t tags -b branches -A authors.txt {your_SVN_repository_url} {your_local_git_repsoitory_name}.GIT

Example: git svn clone -T trunk -t tags -b branches -A authors.txt myrepo.GIT

Note: You need to have an authors.txt file in your local directory from where you execute the command. The file should contain all contributers from the SVN repository. On you can find a command to create such a file.

Get latest changes from SVN trunk and pull them into master
git checkout master
git svn rebase

Commit local changes back to SVN
Make sure to apply a git svn rebase first! (See above)

git checkout master
git svn dcommit