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Example branches
All created by simply running ``bzr branch ORIGINAL-URL``.

* `Samba 3 <>`_ - Original at svn://
* `Samba 4 <>`_ - Original at svn://
* `Samba docs <>`_ - Original at svn://
* `Subversion trunk <>`_ - Original at
* `Subversion 1.3.x <>`_ - Original at
* `Subversion 1.4.x <>`_ - Original at
* `Lorikeet trunk <>`_ Original at svn://
* `Build Farm trunk <>`_ - Original at svn://
* `Samba4 Debian package <>`_ - Original at
* `Samba3 Sid Debian package <>`_ - Original at
* `Wireshark <>`_ - Original at
* `Samba pdbsql <>`_ - Original at
* `CUPS Trunk <>`_ - Original at
* `CUPS Kerberos <>`_ - Original at

More automatically imported branches can be found at .

If you are having problems checking out a particular branch, please file a bug report and include the branch URL (if the branch is public) and the backtrace.
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At the moment, there are a couple of bugs still blocking the release of 0.4. See the `0.4 milestone`_ for details. Fixing some of these bugs may cause changes to the file and revision ids that are generated by bzr-svn to change and these changes could cause problems for existing 0.4 users. For that reason I wouldn't recommend using 0.4 for production use yet. 0.4 will be released soon. See the `0.4 milestone`_ in Launchpad for details.


This plugin allows bzr direct access to Subversion repositories. This allows bzr branch, bzr push, bzr pull, and bzr co to work directly against Subversion repositories.

The plugin can at the moment be used to commit to, pull from, merge from, push to and view logs of Subversion branches from Bazaar.


The following features are currently present:

  • Connecting to remote Subversion repositories over all protocols supported by Subversion itself (at present: svn://, svn+ssh://, http:// (webdav), file://) as well as dump files. Checkouts, lightweight checkouts and branching works.
  • Track Bazaar merges in Subversion. Merged revisions show up as ghosts.
  • Subversion working copies. Can be modified, queried (bzr status on a svn- native working copy created with svn co works) and committed from.
  • Committing to Subversion from Bazaar.
  • Push Bazaar revisions to Subversion.
  • Follow branch copies. Revision history is not truncated when a branch was copied in Subversion.
  • Efficiently uses network bandwidth.
  • Recognizes file metadata (executable bits, symbolic links).
  • 'svn-import' command with functionality similar to svn2bzr.
  • Ability to track merges done with SVK ( or and write merges from SVK/Svn branches in a format understandable by SVK.
  • Generates consistent file ids and revision ids. Two branches made using this plugin of the same Subversion branch will result in exactly the same Bazaar branch.
  • Handles complex operations in Subversion: committing to two branches at once, upgrading directories to branches, copies from early revisions, ...

Future Enhancements

In the future, I also hope to support:


  • Renames. Initial work has been done to support this, but the number of corner cases is wide, so support for this has not been enabled by default yet.
  • Proper Windows support. Most of the code depends on '/' being the path separator at the moment. #54253
  • 'svn:externals'. Externals should be mapped to Bazaar 'by-reference' nested branches and the other way around. Work on progress in #82863
  • tags


Network-wise (both bandwidth and roundtrips), the plugin is in good shape. However, it is currently quite CPU-intensive for no good reason and I hope to make a couple of improvements in that area.

  • More efficient use of CPU
  • Override implementation of get_revision_delta(). Will speed up 'bzr log -v'
  • use svn_ra_replay() on systems that have Subversion 1.4. Saves a couple of roundtrips when fetching history. Initial work in branch at
  • implement svn_ra_get_dir_revs() in Subversion to fetch the properties set on a specific directory all at once.
  • Something in Subversion or the Python-Subversion bindings appears to be leaking a lot of memory.


Some Subversion properties can currently not be represented in Bazaar and are therefore ignored for the time being:

  • 'svn:ignore' is not imported. There should be a Repository.get_ignores(revid) call in Bazaar rather than a magic '.bzrignore' file. Spec at
  • 'svn:mime-type'
  • 'svn:eol-style'. Requires eol support in Bazaar.
  • 'svn:keywords'. Requires keywords support in Bazaar. Spec at #81463

Other features currently held back by Bazaars feature set:

Features held back by Subversion:


  • 0.3.5 (works with Bazaar 0.18 and higher)
  • 0.3.4 (works with Bazaar 0.17 and higher)
  • 0.3.3 (works with Bazaar 0.16 and higher)
  • 0.3.2 (works with Bazaar 0.15 and higher)
  • 0.3.1 (works with Bazaar 0.14 and higher)
  • 0.3 (works with Bazaar 0.14 and higher)
  • 0.2 (works with Bazaar 0.13 and higher)
  • 0.1 (works with Bazaar 0.8 and higher)

Debian/Ubuntu packages for 0.3.2 are available from Ubuntu gutsy and Debian sid already contain the latest release.

0.4 blockers

0.4 will be released soon. See the 0.4 milestone in Launchpad for details.


The plugin requires a couple of fixes to the Python bindings for Subversion that are only available in Subversion 1.5 (trunk). Debian/Ubuntu packages with these fixes backported are available in Ubuntu Edgy & Feisty and Debian Sid & Etch. You need the python-subversion and libsvn0 packages.

A patch against Subversion 1.4.3 is also available at To build a fixed version of Subversion's Python bindings using this patch, run:

$ wget
$ tar xvfj subversion-1.4.3.tar.bz2
$ cd subversion-1.4.3
$ patch -p1 < subversion-1.4.0-metze-python-bindings.patch
$ ./ --release
$ ./configure
$ make
$ make check-swig-py
$ sudo make install install-swig-py

Only certain versions of SWIG ( are able to build the Subversion Python bindings correctly. Success has been reported for SWIG versions 1.3.25 and 1.3.27. You can download old versions of SWIG from here.

If you are using Python 2.4, you will need to have the pysqlite module installed. Python 2.5 and higher have sqlite support built in.

After ensuring these dependencies are met, you should be able to check out branches from Subversion using regular bzr commands.

An older patch for Subversion 1.3.2 is available

Installation instructions for Fedora/Redhat are on

An unofficial Gentoo overlay containing the patches for subversion versions 1.3 and 1.4, plus a bzr-svn ebuild are hosted on launchpad at

Python-SVN bindings for Win32 can be found at referenced by These bindings appear to be dependent on msvcr80.dll (included in .Net 2.0). As of 07/2007 this appears to work with (0.19.0dev0) and bzr-svn/ (see Branches below).


Please file bug reports in launchpad. The product URL for bzr-svn is



Unit testing

Simply run 'bzr selftest svn'


bzr-svn was written by JelmerVernooij with the help from various other people. See the AUTHORS file in the tarball for a list.