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darcs-to-git written by Steve Purcell, some improvements by Thomas Schilling

Converts a Darcs repository into a Git repository. Supports incremental updates, i.e., you can pull new patches from the source repository or import a large repository in steps.


(Use darcs-to-git --help to display the latest usage instructions.)

  1. Create an empty directory that will become the new git repository
  2. From inside that directory, run this program, passing the location of the local source darcs repo as a parameter

The program will git-init the empty directory, and migrate all patches in the source darcs repo into commits in that repository.

Thereafter, incremental patch conversion from the same source repo is possible by repeating step 2.


  • --patches N: only import N patches.

  • --email-address ADDRESS: darcs-to-git tries to reconstruct the email address from the darcs patch. In cases this is not possible, a default will be picked by Git. This is usually the one in ~/.gitconfig. This option allows you to specify another default (without having to to modify `~/.gitconfig.)

  • --list-authors: Outputs a list of authors in the source repository and how they will appear in the git repository and quits. The output will be lines like this: Jane

    This means that the darcs author "" will be translated to git-author "Jane" with email address "". You can use the output of this command as a starting point for the input for --author-map.

  • --author-map FILENAME: Allows translations from darcs committer name to Git committer name. The input is a YAML map. For an example see the output of --author-map. The author map will be stored in the repository and will be re-used for future imports.

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