Subversion Dump File Splitter

I recently had to do some mangling of a dump of my personal Subversion repository. Basically, I had to modify some paths and revision copy numbers before re-importing to a clean repository. However, the dump was in one huge 300 MiB file, making it really difficult for to open for editing.

Normally, the solution would simply be to re-dump the repository using the --revision option to the svnadmin dump command. Unfortunately, in a flash of stupidity, I deted my old repository before I had the new one working. So I wrote a little Perl script to split the dumpfile into seperate files.


open(REV, "> repo") || die("Unable to open $!");

while (<>) { 
  $line = $_;

  if (/^Revision-number\:\s+(\d+)$/) { open(REV, "> rev.$1") || die("Unable to open $!");

  if (!$header) { 
    open(REPO, "< repo") || die("Unable to open $!");
    while () { $header = $header . $_; } 

  print REV $header; }
  print REV $line; 

Ah…short and sweet, just the way a Perl script should be. Normally, I would immediately delete any Perl that I might happen to write, as I think the language is too flexible to be properly maintained over any length of time. However, since I can’t find anything else like this out on Teh Intarweb, I figure I’ll leave it here for posterity.