hgtools builds on the setuptools_hg plugin for setuptools. hgtools
provides classes for inspecting and working with repositories in the
Mercurial version control system.
hgtools provides a plugin for setuptools that enables setuptools to find
files under the Mercurial version control system.
The classes provided by hgtools are designed to work natively with the
Mercurial Python libraries (in process) or fall back to using the
command-line program ``hg(1)`` if available. The command-line support is
especially useful inside virtualenvs
that don't have access to a system-wide installed Mercurial lib (i.e. when
the virtualenv was created with ``--no-site-packages``).
.. note:: The setuptools feature
You can read about the setuptools plugin provided by hgtools in the
`setuptools documentation`_. It basically returns a list of files that are
under Mercurial version control when running the ``setup`` function, e.g. if
you create a source and binary distribution. It's a simple yet effective way
of not having to define package data (non-Python files) manually in MANIFEST
.. _setuptools documentation: http://peak.telecommunity.com/DevCenter/setuptools#adding-support-for-other-revision-control-systems
Here's a simple example of a setup.py that uses hgtools::
from setuptools import setup, find_packages
If you run the setup.py above, setuptools will automatically download
hgtools to the directory where the setup.py is located at (and won't
install it anywhere else) to get all package data files from the
Auto Version Numbering
With the 0.4 release, hgtools adds support for automatically generating
project version numbers from the mercurial repository in which the
project is developed.
To use this feature, your project must follow the following assumptions:
- Mercurial tags are used to indicate released versions.
- Tag names are specified as the version only (i.e. 0.1 and not
v0.1 or release-0.1)
- Released versions currently must conform to the StrictVersion in
distutils. Any tags that don't match this scheme will be ignored.
Future releases may relax this restriction.
Thereafter, you may use the HGToolsManager.get_current_version to
determine the version of your product. If the current revision is tagged
with a valid version, that version will be used. Otherwise, the tags in
the repo will be searched, the latest release will be found, and hgtools
will infer the upcoming release version.
For example, if the repo contains the tags 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 and the
repo is not on any of those tags, get_current_version will return
'0.3.1dev' and get_current_version(increment='0.1') will return
A distutils hook has been created to hack setuptools to use this version
information automatically. To use this functionality, just use the
``use_hg_version`` parameter to setup.
from setuptools import setup, find_packages
If the value supplied to use_hg_version resolves to True, hgtools will
use the mercurial version to determine the version of the
package (based on get_current_version). If an sdist is created, hgtools
will store the calculated version in the tag_build of the setup.cfg and
will use that version when deploying remotely. Therefore, if you are
using auto-versioning, you should not use setuptools tags explicitly.
See the jaraco.util setup.py for an example of this technique.
It's also possible to pass keyword parameters to use_hg_version to
tweak how it generates version numbers. To pass parameters, instead of
setting `use_hg_version = True`, set it to a non-empty dictionary with
one or more of the following parameters:
A string indicating the default version increment for the project.
By default, this value is '0.1', meaning hgtools will use the version
'1.1dev' for builds following the 1.0 release and '1.10dev' for builds
following a 1.9.3 release. Set this value to '1.0' or '0.0.1' for the
current tree to help hgtools guess the target version.
A Python function with the following signature::
def calc_version(mgr, options):
hgtools will use this function instead of its default implementation
to customize the version number calculation. The `mgr` object is the
`hgtools.managers.HGRepoManager` object referencing the local repo
and the `options` is the dictionary passed to use_hg_version.
Use this option, for example, to include the mercurial hash or local
revision ID in the version::
def id_as_version(mgr, options):
"Always return the mercurial revision ID as the version"
id_n = mgr._run_cmd([mgr.exe, 'id', '-n']).strip()
The first thing to note is the mgr does not yet provide a nice
interface for getting anything but the tags for a revision, so the
example digs into the underlying API to extract the ID. hgtools should
provide better support in the HGRepoManager classes in future releases.
Use this feature with caution. If you have not already read the
`setuptools documentation on specifying a project version
the author recommends you do read that.
* Refactored HGRepoManager to better support multiple tags:
- `.get_tag` replaced by `.get_tags`, which returns a set of tags
for a specific revision. This is currently a set because mercurial
does not retain any meaningful order of the tags.
- `.get_tags` replaced by `.get_repo_tags`.
- `.get_parent_tag` replaced by `.get_parent_tags`.
- added `.get_parents` which returns the revision(s) of the specified
* Removed support for older versions of mercurial (LegacyLibraryManager).
* The subprocess manager is now the default. The HGTOOLS_FORCE_CMD variable
no longer has any effect on hgtools.
* Version detection now resolves multiple tags on the same revision by
choosing the greatest version.
* Fix issue #9 - The repo managers and thus the setuptools plugin will no
longer find files that aren't in the location specified. The
LibraryManagers already will throw an error in this case, but now the
SubprocessManager does what's best and only returns files relative
to the location.
* Implemented the `version_handler` version parameter. Fixes #5.
* If multiple tags are given for a revision, the last tag is used instead
of the first.
* More aggressively construct a the environment when running `hg` in a
subprocess. Fixes another manifestation of #7. Thanks whit537.
* Fix issue #8 - Re-wrote SubprocessManager.get_tag to extract the tag using
`hg tags` for more reliable tag resolution.
* Fix issue #7 - SubprocessManager now passes explicit environment to child
* Restored Python 2.5 compatibility.
* Added support for subrepos. The setuptools plugin will now traverse
subrepos when finding files.
* Fix issue #6 where the force_hg_version flag was affecting installation
of tagged packages not employing hgtools.
* Python 3 support
* Now supports revisions with multiple tags (chooses the first, which
appears to be the latest).
* Removed support for deprecated use_hg_version_increment.
* Added HGRepoManager.existing_only to filter managers for only those
which refer to an existing repo.
* Employed HGRepoManager.existing_only in plugins. Fixes #2.
* SubprocessManager no longer writes to /dev/null. Fixes #3.
* Auto-versioning will no longer use the parent tag if the working
copy has modifications.
* Some minor refactoring - moved functions out of top-level `hgtools`
module into hgtools.plugins.
* Test case and fix for error in SubprocessManager when 'hg'
executable doesn't exist.
* Fix for NameError created in 0.6.3.
* Deprecated use_hg_version_increment setup parameter in favor of
parameters to use_hg_version.
* From drakonen: hgtools will now utilize the parent changeset tag
for repositories that were just tagged (no need to update to that
tag to release).
* Fixed issue #4: Tag-based autoversioning fails if hgrc defaults
used for hg identify
* Refactored modules. Created ``managers``, ``versioning``, and
* Yet another fix for #1. It appears that simply not activating the
function is not sufficient. It may be activated by previously-
installed packages, so it needs to be robust for non-hgtools
* Fix for issue #1 - version_calc_plugin is activated for projects that
never called for it.
* LibraryManagers no longer raise errors during the import step
(instead, they just report as being invalid).
* SubprocessManager now raises a RuntimeError if the executed command
does not complete with a success code.
* Fixed issue in file_finder_plugin where searching for an
appropriate manager would fail if mercurial was not installed in
the Python instance (ImportErrors weren't trapped properly).
* Fixed issue where version calculation would fail if tags contained
* Auto versioning now provides a reasonable default when no version
tags are yet present.
* Fixes for versions handling of hgtools itself.
* Fixed formatting errors in documentation.
* Reformatted package layout so that other modules can be included.
* Restored missing namedtuple_backport (provides Python 2.5 support).
* First release supporting automatic versioning using mercurial tags.