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Archive for the ‘Mercurial/Hg’ Category

How to Convert a Mercurial Repository to Git on Windows

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/30

For my link archive: [WayBack] How to Convert a Mercurial Repository to Git on Windows.

Let’s see how this maps to MacOS or Linux…

It is based on hg-git:

Other solutions are based on  [WayBack]fast-export or [WayBack] gitifyhg.

If I am going to do this beyond a one-off conversion, I need to figure out their differences.




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A choco install list

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/02/03

Sometimes I forget the choco install mnemonics for various tools, so here is a small list below.

Of course you have to start with an administrative command prompt, and have a basic Chocolatey Installation in place.

If you want to clean cruft:

choco install --yes choco-cleaner

Basic install:

choco install --yes 7zip
choco install --yes everything
choco install --yes notepadplusplus
choco install --yes beyondcompare
choco install --yes git.install --params "/GitAndUnixToolsOnPath /NoGitLfs /SChannel /NoAutoCrlf /WindowsTerminal"
choco install --yes hg
choco install --yes sourcetree
choco install --yes sysinternals

For VMs (pic one):

choco install --yes vmware-tools
choco install --yes virtio-drivers

For browsing (not sure yet about Chrome as that one has a non-admin installer as well):

choco install --yes firefox

For file transfer (though be aware that some versions of Filezilla contained adware):

choco install --yes filezilla
choco install --yes winscp

For coding:

choco install --yes vscode
choco install --yes atom

For SQL server:

choco install --yes sql-server-management-studio

For web development / power user:

choco install --yes fiddler

For SOAP and REST:

choco install --yes soapui

If you don’t like manually downloading SequoiaView at (

choco install --yes windirstat

For drawing, image manipulation ( last, as it needs a UI action):

choco install --yes gimp
choco install --yes imagemagick
choco install --yes

For ISO image mounting in pre Windows 10:

choco install --yes wincdemu

For hard disk management:

choco install --yes hdtune
choco install --yes seatools
choco install --yes speedfan

For Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners (not sure yet this includes PDF support):

choco install --yes scansnapmanager


Posted in .NET, 7zip, Atom, Beyond Compare, Chocolatey, Compression, Database Development, Development, DVCS - Distributed Version Control, Everything by VoidTools, Fiddler, Firefox, Fujitsu ScanSnap, git, Hardware, Mercurial/Hg, Power User, Scanners, SOAP/WebServices, Software Development, Source Code Management, SQL Server, SSMS SQL Server Management Studio, SysInternals, Text Editors, Versioning, Virtualization, Visual Studio and tools, Visual Studio Code, VMware, VMware ESXi, Web Browsers, Web Development, Windows | Leave a Comment »

Sunsetting Mercurial support in Bitbucket – Bitbucket

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/30

February 1st, the start commences of Sunsetting Mercurial support in Bitbucket – Bitbucket [WayBack]. Starting June 1st, only git is supported by Bitbucket, despite them having started with and focused mainly Mercurial at first.

Here are the major dates of the sunset:

  • February 1, 2020: users will no longer be able to create new Mercurial repositories
  • June 1, 2020: users will not be able to use Mercurial features in Bitbucket or via its API and all Mercurial repositories will be removed.

All current Mercurial functionality in Bitbucket will be available through May 31, 2020.

So by now you should have started migrating from Mercurial to git, probably away from BitBucket.

Reading their community, it looks like an in-place conversion (keeping all issues, comments, wikis, pull-requests, etc) and just replacing the mercurial repository with the converted git repository is impossible.

Given that the user experience on Bitbucket for git repositories is far behind sites like GitHub or GitLab, migrating away after conversion sounds like a very good move.

Conversion used to be hard Moving my BitBucket mercurial repository to git was a lot harder than I hoped for (but moving to GitHub was easy) « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff

So by now, I am anxious to see if the steps linked from the quote are easier:

We recommend that teams migrate their existing Mercurial repos to Git. There are various Git conversion tools in the market, including [WayBack] hg-fast-export and [WayBack] hg-git mercurial plugin. We are happy to support your migration, and you can find a discussion about available options in [WayBack] our dedicated Community thread.


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Unorthodocs: Abandon your DVCS and Return to Sanity – bitquabit

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/21

Some interesting thoughts on DVCS: [WayBackUnorthodocs: Abandon your DVCS and Return to Sanity – bitquabit

Besides the very good point it raises about DVCS (Git, Mercurial and most other DVCSes treat the whole state of the repository as the atom) it also indicates quite a few shortcomings:

  • most people hardly ever need the full history to be off-line
  • having the full history means repositories get huge in size, including your off-line clone
  • pseudo-solutions for huge repository sizes – like git-LFS or git-annex – are a no-go because now you loose atomicity
  • huge repositories in file or commit counts make them slow, especially when the trees are deep
  • splitting up repositories isn’t a good idea either because again: you loose atomicity
  • all DVCS are hard, not just git, because they are distributed and full of features
  • the workflow for submitting pull requests is quite a bit longer than submitting a patch, even though merging in a DVCS can be hard too (despite atomicity which does help a lot for DVCS systems)

I see many other advantages of DVCS systems (for instance that you only need to locally have the branches you are interested in, way better tooling for DVCS systems, ditto for sites hosting DVCS), but it always a good thing to know the weak spots of what you are working with.


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Reminder to self: make a list of URL suffixes to show branch diagrams of repositories

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/12/18

One of the BitBucket features I like a lot is that in the commit history, you see the branches involved in a nice diagram on the left side of the commits:

BitBucket used to be popular to host public repositories, but from a public perspective, they are on the decline for that (they even removed the [once page and [WayBack] will not re-introduce it).

Right now, only major git based hosters still have explore pages:

So it makes sense to see where they provide diagrams of branches, so here are some examples to go from a project to the graph:


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