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Workin’ Mercurial

On Friday I used Mercurial‘s built-in repository conversion tool to build a Mercurial repository from Subversion 1.30 branch. Went home, cloned that to my Linux and Windows boxes and I’ve been tinkering over the weekend.

With the inotify extension, it’s really zipping under Linux; especially with atime changes disabled.

And I notice that I’m very quickly falling back into the habit of early commits.

The only bottleneck in the system is that the master repository is on a Windows Server 2003 share, and cloning/pulling/pushing are a little slow. I suspect that I need to look into setting up hgservice or something.

But if we do switch to Mercurial, I think we’ll probably set it up alongside Trac (which I increasingly dislike) or Redmine or something: Trac development seems somewhat bumbling, Redmine is generally nicer but it has rude rough edges – e.g. the forum system is kinda noddy. I will probably like Redmine more when I quit trying to integrate it to our Windows domain logins and use our game-database logins like we do with Trac right now.

Git: A review by a not-gonna-use-it-er

This is in response to Drave and Xiper’s questions about my nixing of Git as an option for a replacement version control system.

Git” is an incredibly popular distributed version control system originally developed by Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux. The fact that it is used by the Linux Kernel development team has given it a firmly established base in Linux development. Add in the “github” project hosting service and it has stealthed into the position of dominant “revision tool thingy” that RCS once held.

Mercurial” is another popular distributed version control system, lurking in the shadows.

So why did I nix Git and start looking more at Mercurial?