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Re: How to use filter-branch with --state-branch?




On Tue, Mar 06 2018, Michele Locati jotted:

> Recent versions of git filter-branch command introduced the --state-branch
> option.
> BTW I can't find any info about how this can be actually used.
>
> We have this repository on github:
> https://github.com/concrete5/concrete5
>
> When someone pushes to that repo, we clone it and execute
> `git filter-branch --subdirectory-filter concrete`
> to extract the concrete directory, and we push the result to
> https://github.com/concrete5/concrete5-core
> (including all the branches and tags)
>
> The script at the moment is this one:
> https://github.com/concrete5/core_splitter/blob/70879e676b95160f7fc5d0ffc22b8f7420b0580b/bin/splitcore
>
> I tried to use the --state-branch option on a local mirror, so that we could
> do an incremental filtering. Here's the script:
>
> # Executed just one time
> git clone --no-checkout --mirror \
>    https://github.com/concrete5/concrete5.git work
> cd work
> git filter-branch \
>    --subdirectory-filter concrete \
>    --tag-name-filter cat \
>    --prune-empty \
>    --state-branch FILTERBRANCH_STATE \
>    -- --all
> # Executed every time the repo is updated
> git remote update --prune
> git filter-branch \
>    --subdirectory-filter concrete \
>    --tag-name-filter cat \
>    --prune-empty \
>    --state-branch FILTERBRANCH_STATE \
>    -- --all
>
> The first filter-branch call required 7168 steps, so did the second call...
> I also tried without the --prune option of remote update (I had to add
> --force to the second filter-branch), but nothing changed.

CC-ing the author of that feature. Usually I'd just look at how the
tests for it work to answer your question, but I see this new feature
made it in recently with no tests for it, which doesn't make me very
happy :(