Mercurial history browsing

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Project Name

Adding Functionality to the Browser Based UI for Mercurial History Browsing, hgweb

Project Description

Mozilla is just starting to use an exciting new distributed version control tool: Mercurial.

One of the exciting things about Mercurial is that the history—the list of all the changes that have ever been checked in—is not linear. It frequently has branches and merges. This is actually a good, important feature, as you know if you've read a little about distributed version control. The downside is that the history becomes a maze of twisty little passages. Benjamin Smedberg's demo shows the history of a repository with lots of merges (each box is a check-in; you can click on the boxes to move around).

There have been a couple attempts at showing history in an intuitive, graphical way. Mercurial comes with a web UI for browsing the repository, including history (here's what it looks like). It also comes with an "hg glog" extension that draws history as ASCII art, and an "hg view" extension that does roughly the same thing with a little GUI. Sadly, none of these applications qualifies as awesome.

The project's goal is to rectify this sad situation by writing an awesome browser-based UI for navigating Mercurial repository history.

Resources: jorendorff, bsmedberg

Project Leader(s)

Siddarth Kalra

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Project Mentors

  • Jason Ordendorff (jorendorff)
  • Dirkjan Ochtman (djc)
  • Ted Mielczarek (ted)
  • Benjamin Smedberg (bsmedberg)

Project Ideas

September 23rd, 2008

January 15th, 2009

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