Setting up a Repository

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Note: This requires you to be logged in using the hosting account. It does not work with a user account.


Creating the Repository

First of all:

cd /cvsroot/hg

All Mercurial repositories are located in this directory.

The following instructions use newname for the name of the new repository.

Empty Repository

For a completely new and empty repository, simply do

hg init newname

Cloning an existing Repository

If you want to set up a repository that is a clone of an already existing repository (oldname), do

hg clone -U oldname newname

Note the -U (uppercase 'U') option. It creates a clone without checking out the files (as we don't need any checked-out files in a repository on this server).

Uploading an existing Repository

Use scp to upload an existing repository. You don't need to include the checked-out files, so you effectively only need the .hg directory. You could create a local clone using hg clone -U before the upload.

Setting the Permissions

The repository will now be owned by the current user and not be usable from any user account. Therefore, do this:

chmod -R g+rws newname

Ignore the "Operation not permitted" messages. Check that the permissions for the directory are now: drwxrwsr-x (note the 's').

Creating a hgrc file

Inside the newname/.hg/ directory, create a new file hgrc (no leading dot!) that contains this:

users = geeklog2
groups = users

baseurl =
style = gitweb
contact = contact-us(AT)
description = (description goes here)
name = (repository name goes here)
allow_archive = gz

If the hgrc file already exists, remove whatever it contains (usually a [path] section) and start over fresh with the above content.

Obviously, you should fill in something sensible for the description and the name!

The allow_archive setting is optional - it allows downloading the repository as a .gz file.

Hooking it up with the Repository Viewer

  • Open the file ~/public_html/www/cgi-bin/hgweb.config
  • Add a line
    newname = /cvsroot/hg/newname
  • Call up the viewer and check that the new repository is listed.
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