Archive for February, 2014

Git Migration Scheduled

A migration of Bugzilla and related code from to will be perfomed on Tuesday, 11 March 2014, starting at 17:00 UTC.  At this time, all Bazaar branches on will be made read-only (aside from a few admin accounts), and the migration to git repos on will commence.  It should take around 1.5 hours to migrate everything, after which point write access will be enabled on the git repos for all users previously authorized on  A script will periodically mirror changes from git to bzr for all currently supported Bugzilla branches (4.0, 4.2, and 4.4).  Changes will not be mirrored for any other branches of Bugzilla nor any other related branches (extensions, misc, etc.).

We will start mirroring changes to read-only repos on GitHub at some point (to be determined) after the migration to will remain the repository of record, meaning the only place to which changes should be committed by developers.  All mirroring, e.g. to GitHub and, will be unidirectional.

We’ve already done one test migration; see  It was successful aside from some missed file deletions, resulting in extra files on a handful of git repos after the migration.  I manually deleted the superfluous files after migration, and I also fixed the migration script to account for this oddity in Bazaar’s fast-export output, so it won’t happen during the real migration.

I would like to open up testing to all developers, starting with another complete, fresh migration, on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, around 17:00 UTC.  To test the git-to-bzr mirroring script, we’ll create a new branch, “migration-test”, off of Bugzilla trunk and run the mirroring script on it after the migration.  We’ll leave it running until the real migration, and I invite anyone with commit access to to commit changes to the test-migration branch on git and ensure that they are mirrored properly to bzr.

The full migration and testing plan, along with other details, is at

Post reprinted from Mark  Côté’s post on