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How to Mirror a Repository in Github to Mozilla-Central


Many projects (such as Auto-tools/Projects/MozBase and peptest) are version controlled with git and github, but are mirrored to mozilla-central for testing infrastructure.

The reasoning is that tools and harnesses such as these are useful or required for Mozilla's test infrastructure, but are also useful as standalone utilities. Keeping them in standalone repositories gives us greater development freedom, makes it easier for new contributors to help out and makes the tools more visible to people outside of the Mozilla community.

Steps to mirror mozbase

This methodology uses git tags which are simply a way to assign a name to a commit. If you fix a critical bug, or add a major new feature that is needed by the test infrastructure in mozilla-central, you'll want to mirror the fix from to (m-c).

  1. Write your patch for mozbase, attach it to your bug, get it reviewed, check it in to master and resolve the bug fixed per the mozbase procedure. Now it is time to mirror the latest master to m-c.
  2. Create a new bug called "Mirror mozbase to m-c for xyz" or similar and add your other bug as a dependency to make it clear why mirroring to m-c is desired.
  3. Copy the entire (up-to-date) mozbase folder from to the testing/mozbase directory in m-c. Do not include .git, .gitignore, or
  4. Go to and examine the commits listed there. These are all the commits in master that aren't yet in m-c (i.e this is what you are committing to m-c). Pay special attention for commits that add or remove files and make sure to 'hg add' or 'hg rm' those exact same files in your m-c repository.
  5. Generate a diff of m-c after you have copied the new mozbase there will files appropriately added and removed. Attach this to the bug.
  6. Test your changes to make sure you didn't break the build using TryServer.
  7. Get the attachment it reviewed, pushed to try and landed on mozilla-inbound. When mozilla-inbound is merged to m-c this bug can be marked fixed. Make sure your m-c commit message references the mozbase commit hash.
  8. Create a git tag called 'mozilla-central' on your commit, you'll need to delete the old 'mozilla-central' tag. This way, the changeset tagged 'mozilla-central' will always keep track of the current state of mozbase in m-c. Use the URL of the mozilla-central changeset hash as the tag commit message:
git pull --tags master
git tag -d mozilla-central
git tag -a -m "" mozilla-central <git changeset of latest commit in m-c>
git push --tags master

Note: you can now once again go to to see the state of mozilla-central vs master.

A script is available at testing/mozbase/ to make generating the diff easier. This script:

  1. Clones the mozbase repository
  2. Copies the relevant files to testing/mozbase
  3. Generates a diff appropriate for application to m-c

It is highly advised to use this script versus performing the diff generation versus doing it by hand.

See also for more on mozbase mirroring