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How to Migrate Your Project From To OSDN

Due to many reasons including ethical issue, the number of projects who wish to migrate from to other hosting sites is growing. If a project requests to migrate from SourceForge to OSDN, we are ready to give support to the migration efforts. In the text below, we have put together things to look out for during the migration from


Due to the historical background, and OSDN look very similar regarding site features and architecture. However, both sides have always had different system codebase, and especially now, there's nothing same between the two regarding codes. Also, there's not even a tool for data compatibility or data migration between the two.

That said, because both sides provide similar features, we expect that there will be many cases where project's migration can be handled manually. Also, the members of OSDN staff are fairly acquainted with both and Apache Allura system, so we can give you appropriate advise regarding data migration and help you with some parts of the migration process.

How to Migrate File Releases

The big difference between and OSDN regarding file release system is that system is a file tree simply made of directory (folders) and files, and on the other hand, OSDN's system is based on the management of package and file releases. Therefore, when migrating to OSDN, you will have to make a backup of the file tree from, and then register the obtained files to the package/release system.

You can easily obtain release files from by using command line tools such as scp, sftp, and rsync. To learn about registering release files to OSDN, read File Release Guide.

How to Migrate Project Web

There's a hosting feature called Project Web, which is a Web space set aside for a project exclusively, on both OSDN and Regarding the functions of the Project Web, there aren't much differences between the two. Especially with the contents that are built with static HTML/CSS files, all you need to do is to migrate files with scp to complete.

As to the dynamic contents such as CGI are likely to be activated by migrating files and making little changes on things like server name configuration. But because OSDN uses Debian GNU/Linux and uses CentOS, there are some miniscule differences in the environment and language versions, so please be aware of that.

Regarding the migration of data on MySQL database, you can make a backup by using tools like mysqldump and import that to OSDN.

After the migration of the project's web contents, set up a redirect site within the web area on side, so that the users will have no trouble finding where the data has been migrated to. Also, there's a VHOST feature on OSDN side, so if you wish to use a similar VHOST feature, after editing the configuration on DNS server that you are using, configure that on OSDN side as well.

How to Migrate Source Codes

Regarding migrating Git and Mercurial repositories, due to their specifications, it should be handled fairly easily. As to Subversion repository, you will have to generate the dump data of the repository first, and then export that to the new server side.

How to Migrate Contents on Development Platform (Apache Allura) features such as ticket, Wiki, and forums are provided through the tool called Apache Allura, and that is the biggest difference between and OSDN systems. Therefore, it will be difficult to migrate all the data, and the most likely method to adopt will be to migrate all necessary data manually.

On side, Allura is equipped with API called Allura API, and via API, you can export tools such as ticket, wiki, and forum. To migrate to OSDN side, you will need to register the exported data manually.


OSDN won't be able to help you with all the processes of migration, but we can give you advise on configuration. If you encounter any problems, please don't hesitate to contact us.