Preserving changeset authorship (was Re: PING: [PATCH] Enable debug info on all libraries for OpenJDK builds)

mark.reinhold at mark.reinhold at
Thu May 9 22:20:11 UTC 2013

2013/5/9 8:14 -0700, philip.race at
>> (Yes, this is one of those rare cases in which a sponsor should use 
>> the -u option.)
> I'd hazard a guess that there are number of people who overlook this option
> in part because they don't realise you can do
> hg commit -u <SOMEBODY-ELSE> ...
> I was kind of surprised myself when I first learned to do this as it
> seemed odd that someone else could claim a changeset was from
> another person. I thought you would need their private key to
> be able to do that.

No, your ssh key is used only to authenticate you to the hg server when
you do a push.  Modulo the constraints imposed by jcheck, you can use
the -u option to set the username string to anything you want.

FYI, in recent versions of Mercurial the -u option is, conveniently,
supported in commands other than commit, e.g., import, qnew, and qref.

- Mark

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