Improving Windows support

Lee Cantey lcantey at
Mon Apr 16 14:23:50 CDT 2007

On 4/16/07, TK Soh <teekaysoh at> wrote:
> While it's important to have a fully functional test suite for Windows
> for catching regression bugs, the need to have a self-sufficient
> Windows package might be as great.


> To encourage testing (and acceptance), the installer will have to work
> out of the box. Right now it isn't, as users still need to hunt for
> the merge tool and get it setup and run. We all know how much trouble
> that is. But I guess the worst thing is that users usually don't know
> hgmerge needs to be setup until they see the error generated by hg
> merge.

I'll at least add a message to that effect now.

> Bottom line, we can't have a distributed VCS like Hg without the
> capability to merge. So IMO, Hg should provide it's own internal
> merging support. For now, perhaps one (written in python?) can be
> bundled with the Windows installer. Though some hacking might be
> required to make it work 'out of the box'.

There are a number of tools out there that could be chosen, but I've
been loath to make that decision for others.  We could pick one and
and point to documentation for assistance in setting up others.  I'd
like to hear which tool people are using in Windows.


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