Mercurial repositories no longer work?

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Tue Nov 9 10:13:34 UTC 2010

Alan Eliasen wrote:
>    When attempting to update my working copy of JDK 1.7, I attempted to
> perform a "hg fpull" and got the error:
>    TypeError: transaction() takes exactly 2 arguments (1 given)
>    A little research indicates a few things:
>    * The mercurial "forest" extension is no longer maintained.
>    * It is incompatible with Mercurial 1.6.
>    * Forest maintainers suggest you switch to subrepos.
>    * No updated version of the "forest" extension exists.
>    * OpenJDK documents contain no information about this issue and point
> to outdated, broken extensions:
>    * This giant repository was built on an untested, unmaintained
> experimental third-party extension.
>    * It appears to be impossible for developers to update their
> repositories with the information given.
>    So how does one update a working repository?  And what is being done
> about the problem?  This would appear to have major implications for the
> viability of the OpenJDK project.
The web-discuss mailing list is the place for infrastructure discussion. 
As it happens, someone started a discussion about this issue just a few 
days ago:


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