question regarding mercurial
mark.williamson at cl.cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 5 09:22:22 CST 2008
> On 04.03.2008 19:22, Mohit Aron wrote:
> > 2) It seems one can just modify files without telling mercurial about
> > the intent to do so. And then 'hg status' has to figure out what all is
> > being modified - possibly by doing a 'stat' on each file in the
> > repository. While this might be ok for a local disk, this is terrible
> > for workspaces on NFS.
> A "hg edit" is very unlikely to happen anyway as that design decision
> has been made.
I imagine somebody could write an "hg edit" extension that would take care of
The problem is that if you're on a slow filesystem link, hg will waste lots of
time doing expensive stats over the network in order to determine what
If you skip the stage of running "hg status" and instead just run:
hg commit <file1> <file2>
etc then you can avoid this. It just means you have to remember what files
were changed, rather than letting hg do it for you - which isn't as user
friendly, I'll agree.
If you don't want hg to bother stat-ing unknown files, you could try something
hg status -mard
to show only modified, added, removed and deleted files - all files that hg
already knows about. Use a subset of these flags if you're only interested
in a certain class of files.
You should consider adding entries to your .hgignore file. You can ignore
specific patterns in there. If a directory subtree matches that pattern then
hg /won't recurse in there at all/ when looking for unknown files. This can
make things massively faster, particularly if you have a large build tree in
the repository that you don't want to track.
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