reposurgeon is an open source and totally free command-line software implemented in Python and designed from the ground up to help application developers edit the history of a version control repository.
Supports all mainstream version control systems
It empowers you to edit past comments and metadata, as well as to remove commits. It supports all mainstream version control systems, including Git, Bazaar, Subversion, CVS, Mercurial and RCS.
The application is also designed to read Subversion dump files and can be used to script production of extremely high-quality conversions from Subversion (SVN) to any supported DVCS.
Getting started with reposurgeon
To use the reposurgeon program on your GNU/Linux distribution, you must first download it from Softpedia or via its official website (see link at the end of the article), where it is distributed as a gzipped source tarball (TAR archive).
Save the archive somewhere on your computer, unpack it with your favorite archive manager application, open a terminal emulator software and navigate to the location of the extracted archive files using the ‘cd’ command (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/reposurgeon-3.17).
The software doesn’t require configuration or compilation, as an executable is already provided for you on the archive. Run it with the ‘./reposurgeon’ command, then type ‘help’ at the command prompt to see the available options.
reposurgeon comes with a wide range of commands, so in order to see what each one does, type use the ‘help < string >’ command, where < string > must be replaced with the respective command.
Under the hood and supported operating systems
Taking a look under the hood of reposurgeon, we can immediately notice that it has been written in the Python programming language, which means that it’s portable and works well on any UNIX-like operating system, including GNU/Linux, Solaris or BSD. It can be easily optimized for 32-bit or 64-bit hardware architectures (see the README file inside the source archive for details).