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0.16 Released
Faster branch, merge and log; better http
2007-05-07
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Introduction

Foreign branches is a feature that was proposed by AaronBentley in BzrWishList:

  • It would be really nice if you could branch from an SVN or other semi-sane system, do multiple commits, then submit your changes back to the mainline using the 'submit' command. Doing this with CVS would probably be an exercise in misery, but any SCM with atomic commits could be a target. We could ensure that all imports of the same source produced the same data, so that parallel imports could merge from each other.

    I think ForeignBranches have killer ease of use. The qualitative difference between working on an imported branch and just bzr branching it is huge.

Implementations

It is certainly doable to add support for other systems not listed here as well, if they have atomic commits and some mechanism to create unique identifiers for revisions.

Subversion

There is an implementation of a plugin that adds support for foreign Subversion branches. Committing to Subversion branches is also supported. Includes SVK support.

Mercurial

There is a read-only implementation of support for foreign Mercurial branches.

Git

There is a read-only implementation of support for foreign Git branches.

Darcs

There is no support for foreign Darcs branches yet, though this should be very well doable.

Baz

There is no support for foreign Baz (Bazaar 1.0) branches at the moment, but BzrTools contains a baz-import command that can convert Baz repositories to Bazaar repositories.

CVS

There is no support for foreign CVS branches at the moment. Creating it may also prove hard as CVS lacks atomic commits or unique identifiers to identify branches.