Mercurial 1.0 Released

Mercurial 1.0 is out!

Mercurial SCM has reached an important milestone. The release of Mercurial 1.0 marks the first 1.X release of Mercurial; one that many people were waiting for to give Mercurial a try.

The previous official release of Mercurial was 0.9.5, from October 2007.

The new release, brings a few important features, like permission inheritance for the .hg/store files, and many new UI improvements. The full release notes, are copied below as they were posted my Matt Mackall on the mailing list of Mercurial:

After nearly three years of development (and nearly that many of production use) we’re proud to announce the release of Mercurial 1.0. Thanks to the countless people who’ve contributed to development and testing!

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  • greatly improved merge tool configuration, see “hgrc.5.txt” for details
  • improved copy/rename handling in diffs, status, and merge
  • files in .hg inherit permissions from .hg/store
  • infer –repository when possible, so commands may be run from anywhere.
  • easy-installable
  • new “droplet” logo


  • archive: disable “.hg_archival.txt” file addition with “ui.archivemeta”
  • bisect: now built-in with greatly improved performance and usability
  • bundle: new –all option to bundle the whole repository more easily.
  • cat: apply decode filters with –decode
  • clone: can clone from a full-history bundle
  • commit: warn when creating a new head
  • debugancestor: index argument is now optional
  • diff: set the number of context line to show with -U/–unified
  • grep: display matched revisions commit date with –date
  • import: new –no-commit and –user options
  • incoming/outgoing: add –limit option
  • log: use -b/–only-branch to show revisions of a single branch
  • remove: improve handling for –after
  • revert: major speedup
  • serve: prefix the served path with –prefix (also in [web] section)
  • status: unknown files are skipped by –quiet
  • tag: allow multiple tags to be added or removed
  • tags: –verbose flags local tags
  • update: switch between named branches without -C


  • churn: promoted to an official extension (previously in contrib)
  • color: new extension coloring “status” and “qseries” command outputs
  • convert: allow synthetic history to be spliced in with –splicemap
  • convert: support GNU Arch and Monotone sources
  • convert: svn: allow shallow conversions of single branches with convert.svn.startrev option.
  • convert: svn: make trunk/branches/tags layout detection more flexible by allowing either of them to be skipped.
  • convert: svn: preliminary support as a conversion target
  • hgk: configuration file changed from .gitk to .hgk
  • highlight: new extension enabling syntax highlighting in hgweb file view (requires pygments)
  • inotify: new extension using Linux 2.6 inotify API for instant status checking
  • keyword: new extension for filewise RCS-keyword expansion in working directory
  • mq: new –currentdate, –date, –currentuser, and –user options
  • record: add “qrecord” command when used with mq
  • win32mbcs: new extension dealing with problematic MBCS behavior on Windows

Web interface:

  • improved WSGI integration and compatibility
  • follow symlinks in hgwebdir collections
  • show branches in most of gitweb templates
  • add line anchors to annotate, changeset, diff and file views
  • support web.baseurl in hgwebdir, overriding SCRIPT_NAME


  • standard hook to reject text files with CRLF in win32text extension
  • redirect stdout to stderr for ssh and http servers

Windows support:

  • “hg” script output set to binary mode for redirecting diff, export, annotate, etc.
  • also search for .hgrc if mercurial.ini cannot be found
  • major speedup of “clone –pull”

1 thought on “Mercurial 1.0 Released

  1. Manolis

    … και ήδη ανανεώθηκε και το port του FreeBSD. Αναβάθμισα και τη δική μου έκδοση και με την ευκαιρία άλλαξα και το web style σε gitweb (από που να ζήλεψα άραγε…). Το άλλο που είδα και δεν ήξερα ότι γίνεται, είναι το κουμπάκι για zip, tar, bz2 που μπορείς να βάλεις στο web interface και να κατεβάζεις κάθε φορά το tip.

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