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MercurialEclipse plugin for Eclipse

📅 2013-Sep-29 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

If you use Eclipse as your IDE and Mercurial as your version control system, then you might find the MercurialEclipse plugin useful. If you add, remove, rename or move source files using Eclipse, it is a pain to synchronize these changes to the underlying Mercurial repository. If you use the MercurialEclipse plugin, all can make all the changes you wish directly to the repository.

Install

Go to Help > Install New Software > Add and add http://mercurialeclipse.eclipselabs.org.codespot.com/hg.wiki/update_site/stable to Location and click OK. Pick the Stable release and proceed with the rest of the installation. Restart Eclipse after the plugin is installed.

Usage

The big problem I have with MercurialEclipse is that it will not work with existing repositories. You have to clone an existing repository using MercurialEclipse, so that it can create a project of that in your Workspace. This is the only way to begin using it. To do this, go to File > New > Project > Mercurial > Clone Existing Mercurial Repository. Provide the URL or local location and create the project.

To do any Mercurial operation, click on the relevant project, directory or source file in Project Explorer and choose Team. All the relevant Mercurial operations can be seen listed in this right-click menu.

The status of the files in the repository are indicated by icon overlays in Project Explorer. You can do almost all the Mercurial operations from inside Eclipse, including viewing the history log and graph, committing, changing branches and so on.

Tried with: MercurialEclipse 2.1.0, Eclipse 3.7.2 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS