[Python-Dev] Mercurial migration: help needed

Martin Geisler mg at lazybytes.net
Sat Aug 22 11:48:58 CEST 2009

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen at xemacs.org> writes:

> Mark Hammond writes:
>  > On 22/08/2009 2:46 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
>  > Possibly - although I would expect the existing section names be reused 
>  > when applied to a versioned file, I'd be more than happy for the hg guys 
>  > to declare new names are appropriate for this.
> If there's already an [Encode] section, that's different.  (I don't
> details, I'm not that big a Mercurial fan.)  But you'd still need a
> way to differentiate win32text rules from other encoding rules.

There is a [decode] and an [encode] section:


The win32text extension works by defining new filters which can then be
used like this:

  ** = cleverencode:
  ** = cleverdecode:

(they are "clever" because they skip binary files)

>>> True, but how many people will just download the extension and
>>> enable it?
>> In the ideal world, exactly as many people who would read the Python
>> developer guide, then download and install the extension based purely
>> on that. IOW, it is Python itself setting the policy, so people need
>> to make their own decisions based on that, regardless of whether the
>> tool enforces it or not.
> You're missing the point.  I'm not talking about whether it will work
> for Python, I'm talking about the worry that somebody will post a way
> cool Python branch and require a private extension, which everybody
> will just automatically install and enable, which extension then
> proceeds to phone home to Spammer Haven, Inc. with the contents of
> your email contact list.  That's what I mean by "social engineering,"
> and why I worry about policy pushback from Mercurial HQ.
> Maybe that's more paranoid than they are.... But it can't hurt your
> cause to be ready for that kind of worry.

Oh, we try to be very paranoid in Mercurial :-) That's why you don't see
any support for copying hgrc files when you clone and why hg wont trust
hgrc files not owned by you: it should be safe to do

  cd ~collegue/src/python
  hg tip

Martin Geisler

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