Upcoming release of 1.4.1

Omair Majid omajid at redhat.com
Thu Sep 12 08:32:24 PDT 2013

Hi Jakob,

On 09/12/2013 11:10 AM, Jakob Wisor wrote:
> I have realized that IcedTea-Web's Mercurial repo does not carry any
> branches, instead some revisions are tagged with versions.

Mercurial supports 'branches' in 3 different ways: bookmarks (analogous
to git branches), branches and repositories. There's a fantastic
write-up of the details of each available at:

> Just out of curiosity, and before I screw up and perhaps messing up
> IcedTea's source control server, what's the process for pushing patches
> to those tagged revisions? I mean, I can surely create a branch locally
> but when I am going to push it I am unsure about the results on
> IcedTea-Web's repo. Or, should we send Jiri patches based on a tagged
> revision and he will do the merge?

IcedTea-Web (like most other projects on icedtea.classpath.org) uses
separate repositories for separate branches. There's a list of all
repositories available at:

For IcedTea-Web, we use the repositories at
icedtea.classpath.org/hg/release/icedtea-web-${VERSION} for the release
branches. 1.4 is icedtea.classpath.org/hg/release/icedtea-web-1.4/

> Well, just on a side note; This is one reason I am fed up with
> Mercurial. No one really knows what Mercurial does or how it is going to
> behave on specific commands.

Funny enough, since I learned mercurial first, I have the same reactions
with git. All the commands are really obtuse in git and seem to take 5
different flags each of which can change behaviour in unexpected ways.
And it's really easy to destroy data - the same command I to remove
local changes removes committed changes too.

To me mercurial seems to have a single well-defined way of doing each
thing (other than branching, I guess).

If you are missing some of the more powerful features of git (rewriting
history, auto-paging on terminal, colours, stashing), take a look at
some mercurial plugins ('rebase', 'pager', 'color' and 'mq' respectively).

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