|Version 15 (modified by 16 years ago) ( diff ),|
Mercurial Plugin for Trac (#1847)
The plugin being experimental, expect some rough edges and a somewhat unstable set of features/documentation…
Download and Installation
The plugin needs a slightly modified version of Trac 0.10. This version can be found in source:sandbox/vc-refactoring.
svn co -r2905 http://svn.edgewall.com/repos/trac/sandbox/vc-refactoring
and install from there:
$ cd vc-refactoring $ python setup.py egg_info $ python setup.py install
The plugin itself is available from source:sandbox/mercurial-plugin
Check it out, too:
svn co -r2905 http://svn.edgewall.com/repos/trac/sandbox/mercurial-plugin
and create an "egg" from there (
cd hg-plugin; python setup.py bdist_egg).
Note that you'll need
0.6 for that (I used setuptools-0.6a9).
|Version||mercurial-plugin||Trac vc-refactoring||Compatible with hg|
|0.1||r2514||r2511||0.7, tip without 1d7d0c07|
|r2620||r2620||0.7, tip with 1d7d0c07|
|0.2||r2905||r2905||0.7, 0.8, tip|
The plugin has been tested with recent development versions of Mercurial (upto Changeset 1704:c2755eba8631 from http://selenic.com/hg) and also with Mercurial 0.7 and 0.8. It won't work with earlier versions, in particular not with 0.6x.
You can download Mercurial itself from Hg:Download.
The configuration has to be done on the Trac side,
there's nothing to do on the Mercurial repository side,
except for the fact that the repository should be made
accessible as a local repository.
Thanks to the distributed nature of Mercurial, that's
always possible (if the repository is not already local,
hg clone it).
Setting up the mercurial plugin
The TracMercurial-0.2 plugin egg should be added to the
plugins folder of the
environment, or it can be globally installed (
python setup.py install
python setup.py develop).
For general instructions about plugins, see also TracPlugins.
If you installed the egg globally and you're modifying an existing Trac environment to use the Mercurial backend, then you have to explicitely enable the plugin in TracIni:
[components] trac.versioncontrol.hg.* = enabled
Note that the above will be done automatically for a new installation,
Setting up a Trac environment
You can either reuse an existing Trac environment, or create a brand new one.
For general instructions, see TracInstall.
For the repository type, specify
hg instead of the default
For the repository directory, specify the location of the Mercurial repository
(without the ending
Your <trac_environment>/conf/trac.ini configuration file
should have a
[trac] section similar to the following:
[trac] repository_type = hg repository_dir = /path/to/my/hg/repository
There's also a few Mercurial specific settings in TracIni:
[hg] # -- Show revision number in addition to the changeset hash show_rev = yes # -- Changeset hash format node_format = short # hex: Show the full SHA1 hash # short: Show a shortened hash for the changesets
The Mercurial support is pretty basic, but works well. I've tested that on the Mercurial repository itself and the performance is acceptable, even if there's currently no caching in the database (this is what I'm going to work on next).
For those used to Subversion in general and Subversion repository browsing in Trac in particular, there are a few differences worth noting.
In Mercurial, the Previous Changeset/Next Changeset navigation is not purely sequential, as it is in Subversion. Instead of a flat history of successive changesets, we actually navigate a DAG of changesets. This means a changeset can have multiple parents (0, 1 or 2) and multiple children as well (0 to n).
Therefore, Previous Changeset is a link to the first parent, and Next Changeset is a link to the first children. In case there are additional parents or children, these are shown as additional changeset properties (Parents or Children), placed below the Author property and above the Message property.
Another additional changeset property is the list of Tags that might be associated with a changeset.
The Wiki syntax has been extended a bit, to cope with the hexadecimal
notation of hg changesets. E.g
[8ef2] would link to the changeset
Also, it is possible to refer to changesets using the changeset: prefix
(or cset: or chgset:, for hgweb compatibility).
The tag: prefix can be used to refer to symbolic tags, although this is not
a requirement (using. e.g.
cset:tip would work too).
Finally, the branch: prefix has a special meaning, as this will not select
the specified revision, but the head which is reachable from that revision.
The TracBrowser View revision form has been extended with pulldown menus for jumping to a given tag or branch (in Mercurial, a branch within a repository corresponds to a head, i.e. a changeset without children):
has to be re-added
Bugs and Limitations
There are still a lot of things that can be improved.
Features that Trac+svn has but not currently implemented for Trac+hg
- History doesn't follow copy/move operations
- No path history mode (i.e. show all create/delete operations that affected a given path)
- Revision log ranges [xxx:yyy]
- View arbitrary diffs
First and foremost, even if Mercurial allows intra-repository branching, it strongly supports the use of branching by cloning the full repository. Therefore, it is common to have a lot of hg repositories around, each devoted to the implementation of some particular feature.
Trac should support this by the way of multiple repository support within a single environment (see #2086).
Note that the last comment on the above ticket suggests a good workaround for this problem.
To cache or not to cache?
When you try TracMercurial on the kernel repo, you quickly realize that it's way too slow without a db! Also, the way the diffs are produced currently (i.e. by Trac, from the full content of the files) is also too slow to be usable on such big repositories (e.g. the kernel changeset fc66195f585a took 7 minutes to be displayed on my machine). See #2591.
Wild ideas section…
Visualize branches and merges
There should be a way to show graphically the branch and merge points within
the revision log view. Not something as fancy as
hgk, but nonetheless
something that will make the changeset relationships immediately obvious.
Search over the source
A search provider could do the equivalent of an
Highlight Conflict Resolution
While visualizing changeset diffs for merge changesets, we already show the changes relative to both parents, which helps to understand how conflicts (if any) were solved. But this can be improved by specifically highlighting lines that differs from both parents.
Add your cool feature here…
I'm interested in feedback concerning the code, in particular concerning Mercurial. I'm pretty sure I did things in a sub-optimal way, as I was discovering the guts of hg while writing the plugin. Therefore, I'll be pleased to get tips for improvements.
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Changeset view, showing multiple parents. Note that the diffs are providing against each parent.
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Browser view, showing the pulldown menu of tags
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Screen shot of the annotate / blame feature of Trac 0.11, on the .hgtags file of the Mercurial repository
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