Mirroring Bazaar Repositories with Git

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Ubuntu uses bazaar as it’s source control system, with Launchpad as the hosting service. This is fine, apart from when you want to include something which is maintained in Git or otherwise doesn’t have good enough support for it. In my case, I wanted to mirror a repository on GitHub so that it could be included elsewhere as a submodule.

Bazaar provides dpush for this, but it wasn’t so obvious at first sight how to work with it. (Replace example with the appropriate name):

1. Ensure You’ve Got the Git Plugin

The Git plugin provides the interoperability you’ll need. Some package repositories will have as bzr-git (like Ubuntu does). You may need to install it manually.

Something like this, perhaps:

cd ~/.bazaar/plugins
bzr branch lp:bzr-git git

(You may need to create the plugins directory.)

You’ll probably also have to install dulwich: pip install dulwich.

1. Clone the Bazaar Repository

bzr branch lp:example example

2. Create a Git Repository

You can create this where ever you usually create your hosted repositories.

All you’ll need is the URL given to you to create the repo, in this case:


I was unable to use this directly, so instead gave bzr a hint by adjusting it to:


4. Push the Clone to the Remote

The final step is to push the repository, including using the conventional branch:

bzr dpush -v git+ssh://,branch=master

With Python installed via brew, I needed to ensure $PYTHONPATH was set correctly, to the following:

export PYTHONPATH="/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages"

You should now have a full copy of all of the original bazaar history, but now all configured with git.