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Frequently Asked Questions

*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 a thg application for command line use on many platforms.

*What comes included in the TortoiseHg binary installer for Windows?*

	`Mercurial <>`_,
	`kdiff3 <>`_,
	`TortoisePlink <>`_
	bonus extensions: hgfold, perfarce, mercurial-keyring.  fixfrozenexts,
	python-svn for hgsubversion and convert extensions, and dulwich for
	hg-git use.
	See :file:`extension-versions.txt` in the TortoiseHg folder for more
	details on the exact versions packaged.

*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
	:file:`C:\\Program Files\\TortoiseHg\\i18n\\cmenu`.  Select the
	locale you would like to use, double-click on it, and confirm all

*How do I do merges and arbitrary version checkouts?*

	Merges and updates are intended to be done within the
	:guilabel:`Workbench`, using changeset context menus

*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 :guilabel:`Host
	Name` configured in Putty under the :guilabel:`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 :guilabel:`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
	:guilabel:`Visual Diff Tool` item in the settings tool.

*How is TortoiseHg configured?*

	TortoiseHg gets configuration settings from two systems.
	1. The Mercurial configuration system, which is three-tiered
		a. Site-wide :file:`Mercurial.ini` in :file:`%ProgramFiles%\\TortoiseHg`
		b. Per-User :file:`Mercurial.ini` in :file:`%UserProfile%`
		c. Per-Repository :file:`hgrc` in :file:`{repo-root}\\.hg`
	2. The folder :file:`%APPDATA%\\TortoiseHg`:
		a. File :file:`thg-reporegistry.xml` holds the content of the RepoRegistry.
		b. File :file:`TortoiseHgQt.ini` contains the settings for application state (window positions, etc).

	These are some of the configurables that are stored in the Mercurial
	configuration system. ::
		vdiff = vdiff
		editor = gvim
		tabwidth = 4
		longsummary = True
		authorcolor = True
		authorcolor.steve = blue

*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
	:file:`` file in :file:`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\

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