evolve extension for Mercurial

From MQ To Evolve, The Refugee Book

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From MQ To Evolve, The Refugee Book

Cheat sheet

mq command new equivalent
qseries log
qnew commit
qrefresh amend
qrefresh –exclude uncommit
qpop update or gdown
qpush update or gup sometimes evolve
qrm prune
qfold fold
qdiff odiff
qrecord record

Replacement details

hg qseries

All your work in progress is now in real changesets all the time.

You can use the standard log command to display them. You can use the phase revset to display unfinished work only, and use templates to have the same kind of compact that the output of qseries has.

This will result in something like:

wip = log -r 'not public()' --template='{rev}:{node|short} {desc|firstline}\n'

hg qnew

With evolve you handle standard changesets without an additional overlay.

Standard changeset are created using hg commit as usual:

$ hg commit

If you want to keep the “WIP is not pushed” behavior, you want to set your changeset in the secret phase using the phase command.

Note that you only need it for the first commit you want to be secret. Later commits will inherit their parent’s phase.

If you always want your new commit to be in the secret phase, your should consider updating your configuration:

[phases] new-commit=secret

hg qref

A new command from evolution will allow you to rewrite the changeset you are currently on. Just call:

$ hg amend

This command takes the same options as commit, plus the switch ‘-e’ (–edit) to edit the commit message in an editor.

hg qref –exclude

To remove changes from your current commit use:

$ hg uncommit not-ready.txt

hg qpop

The following command emulates the behavior of hg qpop:

$ hg gdown

If you need to go back to an arbitrary commit you can use:

$ hg update


gdown and update allow movement with working directory changes applied, and gracefully merge them.

hg qpush

When you rewrite changesets, descendants of rewritten changesets are marked as “orphan”. You need to rewrite them on top of the new version of their ancestor.

The evolution extension adds a command to rewrite “orphan” changesets::

$ hg evolve

You can also decide to do it manually using:

$ hg grab <old-version>


$ hg rebase -r <revset for old version> -d .

note: using graft allows you to pick the changeset you want next as the –move option of qpush do.

hg qrm

evolution introduce a new command to mark a changeset as “not wanted anymore”.:

$ hg prune <revset>

hg qfold

$ hg fold first::last

hg qdiff

pdiff is an alias for hg diff -r .^ It works like qdiff, but outside MQ.

hg qfinish and hg qimport

These are not necessary anymore. If you want to control the mutability of changesets, see the phase feature.

hg qcommit

If you really need to send patches through versioned mq patches, you should look at the qsync extension.

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