Cannot understand "update REV" behaviour

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Fri Sep 16 09:58:19 CDT 2005

On Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 07:42:21AM -0700,
 Bryan O'Sullivan <bos at> wrote 
 a message of 14 lines which said:

> If you want to get the deleted file back, update to the tip, and use
> the revert command to get that file back as it was at whatever
> revision you need.

Now, I understand the use of "hg revert" :-) It works but the file is
just retrieved, not its history:

% hg status
? Appartement/guerin-fin.tex

I could as well run "hg log -p | patch".

I had to do a "hg add" and a commit.

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