A Tutorial on Using Mercurial

This tutorial is an introduction to using Mercurial. We don't assume any particular background in using SCM software.

{i} You might first want to read UnderstandingMercurial

1. Introduction

After you work through this tutorial, you should have a grasp of the following:

It is also strongly recommended that you have a look at the Mercurial man pages hg(1) and hgrc(5), which are also available in the release tarballs as doc/hg.1.html and doc/hgrc.5.html. You can also use hg help <command> on the command line.

The tutorial is split into the following pages:

  1. TutorialInstall - installing Mercurial

  2. TutorialInit - Initialize a repository

  3. TutorialClone - making a copy of an existing repository

  4. TutorialHistory - navigating the history of a repository

  5. TutorialFirstChange - making your first change

  6. TutorialShareChange - sharing changes with another repository

  7. TutorialExport - sharing changes with another person

  8. TutorialMerge - handling multiple independent changes to a file

  9. TutorialConflict - handling merges that need manual resolution

  10. TutorialConclusion - the end

2. How to read this tutorial

The formatting convention is simple. Command names and parameters are displayed in fixed font.

A line of input that you should type into your shell or command prompt is displayed in a fixed font, and the line will start with a $ character.

A line of output that you should expect Mercurial or your shell to display is displayed in a fixed font, but with no special character at the start of the line.

$ this is a line of user input
this is a line of program output

We use the bash shell in all examples. The concepts remain the same for other Unix shells and the Windows cmd.exe, but the syntax of some operations may change. For example, ls in a Unix shell is roughly equivalent to dir under Windows, and Unix vi is similar to Windows edit.

Now, let's begin with TutorialInstall.

3. See also


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Tutorial (last edited 2013-09-02 17:41:09 by LeonardoPostacchini)