10. Frequently Asked QuestionsΒΆ

What is TortoiseHg?

A Windows shell extension for the Mercurial revision control system, similar to the Tortoise clients for Subversion and CVS. It also includes an hgtk application for command line use on many platforms.

What comes included in the TortoiseHg binary installer for Windows?

Mercurial, kdiff3, TortoisePlink four bonus extensions: hgfold, hgcr-gui, perfarce, mercurial-keyring. python-svn for hgsubversion and convert extensions, and dulwich for hg-git use. See extension-versions.txt in installer root for more details

Is Mercurial on Windows compatible with the index service and virus scanners?

No. Like TortoiseSVN, we recommend to turn off the indexing service on the working copies and repositories, and exclude them from virus scans.

How can I get translations for the Explorer context menu?

The available translations were stored by the installer under C:\Program Files\TortoiseHg\i18n\cmenu. Select the locale you would like to use, double-click on it, and confirm all requests.

Can I configure the toolbars in TortoiseHg applications?

TortoiseHg dialogs are PyGtk applications, so they can be configured by modifying the gtkrc file that is installed as C:\Program Files\TortoiseHg\gtk\etc\gtk-2.0\gtkrc:

gtk-toolbar-icon-size = GTK_ICON_SIZE_LARGE_TOOLBAR
# Pick an icon size from:
gtk-toolbar-style = GTK_TOOLBAR_BOTH
# Pick a toolbar style from:
# GTK_TOOLBAR_BOTH              (default)

These settings are applied globally to all TortoiseHg applications.

How do I do merges and arbitrary version checkouts?

Merges and updates are intended to be done within the Repository Explorer, using changeset context menus

How do I use TortoiseHg’s shelve extension from the hg command line?

Enable the extension in your Mercurial.ini file:


Why can’t I connect to an ssh server (TortoisePlink.exe ...cannot execute specified... error message)?

See ssh.

Why can’t I connect to an ssh server (remote: bash: <server name>: command not found)?

TortoisePlink (and basic Plink) will try to use the Host Name configured in Putty under the Default Settings. It adds this host name to its command line parameters, causing the hostname to be specified twice, causing this particular error. Clearing the host name from the Default Settings is a possible workaround.

How can I use tool X as my visual diff tool?

Since version 1.0, TortoiseHg should autodetect most popular visual diff tools and make them available for selection from the Visual Diff Tool item in the settings tool.

I’m a CLI user, how do I disable the shell extension (overlay icons and context menus)?

Simply ask the installer to remove the shell extension entirely.

How is TortoiseHg configured?

TortoiseHg gets configuration settings from two systems.

  1. The Mercurial configuration system, which is three-tiered
    1. Site-wide Mercurial.ini in %ProgramFiles%\TortoiseHg
    2. Per-User Mercurial.ini in %UserProfile%
    3. Per-Repository Mercurial.ini in repo-root\.hg\hgrc
  2. %APPDATA%\Tortoisehg settings for application state (window positions, etc)

These are some of the configurables that are stored the Mercurial configuration system.

vdiff = vdiff
editor = gvim
tabwidth = 4
longsummary = True
graphlimit = 500
authorcolor = True
authorcolor.steve = blue

Is it possible to change fonts?

In some cases, yes. The gtools based dialogs (commit, status, shelve) allow some font configuration.

# font used in changeset viewer and commit log text
fontcomment = courier 10
# font used for diffs in status and commit tools
fontdiff = courier 10
# font used in file lists in status and commit tools
fontlist = courier 9
# font used in command output window
fontlog = courier 10

How do I switch GTK themes?

You can download new themes and copy them into the gtk\share\themes directory of your install and then enable them in gtk\etc\gtk-2.0\gtkrc.

Where do TortoiseHg extensions look for external Python modules on Windows?

TortoiseHg includes an entire Python distribution bundled up as DLLs. The standard library modules are all in the library.zip file in C:\Program Files\TortoiseHg.

If you try to use an extension that imports a non-standard Python module, you will find that the extension will fail to load because it can’t find the module. For example the ReviewBoard extension imports the simplejson module, which is not part of the standard Python distribution.

In order to make it work you need to add a couple of lines to the top of the extension’s .py file, before the line that imports the foreign module:

import sys

Note that this will not work for modules distributed as .egg files; the supplied path must contain the module’s .py or .pyc files.

If you have many extensions and/or hooks that all share the same Python package, you can create an extension which explicitly modifies sys.path for all the others. Simply name the extension such that it is loaded first (alphabetically). Something like:

00setSysPath = C:\path\to\setsyspath.py

How do I fix odd characters in dialogs?

The default font of the MS-Windows theme may cause problems in some environments. In order to fix this issue, add following setting to TortoiseHg’s gtkrc file:

style "msw-default"
font_name = "MS UI Gothic 9"

You can find gtkrc file in your TortoiseHg install directory: i.e. C:\Program Files\TortoiseHg\gtk\etc\gtk-2.0\gtkrc

Also see the Fonts page of the settings tool

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