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Empty directories in Git: Current guidance for historical commits?


Per the FAQ it's clear that Git (by current design) does not track empty directories: https://git.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/GitFaq#Can_I_add_empty_directories.3F

That's fine and I can fix that for my code going forward via the build system, as needed.

However I'm looking to import a fairly deep (10k+ commits) svn history in to Git and I'm wondering what the current best practices are for dealing with empty folders? Meaning to say, I'd like to be able to check out an older revision of the code and have it build correctly using the older build system which expects certain folders to exist.

There are a few different answers floating around the net, so I figured I'd confirm via the mailing list.

Is just dropping a ".gitignore" or "README" file in the empty directories during conversion still the most reasonable approach? If so, is there a way to do this automatically during the conversion using "git svn" or the like?

Thank you


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