Git Migration: github with svn access

John Ralls jralls at
Mon Nov 28 18:07:02 EST 2011

On Nov 28, 2011, at 9:37 AM, Geert Janssens wrote:

> On maandag 28 november 2011, John Ralls wrote:
>> On Nov 27, 2011, at 2:32 PM, Geert Janssens wrote:
>>> On woensdag 23 november 2011, John Ralls wrote:
>>>> On Nov 11, 2011, at 10:22 AM, Geert Janssens wrote:
>>>>> On vrijdag 11 november 2011, Yawar Amin wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Geert,
>>>>>> On 2011-11-11, at 11:47, Geert Janssens wrote:
>>>>>>>> […]
>>>>>>> Is there a way to create a branch via the github interface ? Or do I
>>>>>>> have to create one on my local repo and push it ? I didn't seem to
>>>>>>> find a feature on the website, but perhaps I missed it. I'm not very
>>>>>>> comfortable yet with te remote repo handling in git, so I prefer to
>>>>>>> ask before messing things up.
>>>>>> You can do the latter.
>>>>>> # In your local repo
>>>>>> git branch master remotes/origin/trunk
>>>>>> git push origin master
>>>>> Ok, I created a master branch, but svn checkout still fails with the
>>>>> same error. I guess we'll have to wait for github's response to John's
>>>>> comment on the blog.
>>>> Well, there was never an answer to the blog post. But I tried it just
>>>> now and it checks out OK. Someone else has complained about an
>>>> authentication problem trying to commit, but we can't test that, it
>>>> would break the mirror with
>>> I have been trying this for a couple of days now, but I still can't
>>> checkout. What command did you use ?
>> svn checkout
>> Tried it just now and it worked.
> Indeed, that incantation does work. It seems to check out the current trunk 
> branch. I can't figure out how to check out the 2.4 branch though, or the 
> 2.4.x tag.
> Did you have more luck ?

I have to admit that I didn't try... so I looked at the blog post again and I see that that was the old URL that they're supposed to be taking down. The correct URL doesn't work.

The right one fails. I had a thought that it might be the presence of a "trunk" branch, so I changed "trunk" to "master" in my own Github repo ( No joy.

I've sent a support request.

John Ralls

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