Mercurial and TortoiseHG on Ubuntu

I like Mercurial[1] as a version control system because it is cross-platform (written in python) and is distributed (meaning it doesn't require a central server to function). I use it on windows quite extensively and was one of the pieces of software that I needed on Linux. The other piece that I needed was TortoiseHG[2]. It is a graphical front end to mercurial and works well.

To install mercurial you'll need to navigate to the MercurialPPA[3] and follow the instructions listed there. The instructions indicate that you'll need to add the following urls to synaptic repository listings:


deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/mercurial-ppa/stable-snapshots/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/mercurial-ppa/stable-snapshots/ubuntu jaunty main

After mercurial has been installed you can install tortoisehg. The information can be found here at the TortoiseHGPPA[4]

You'll have to add a couple of urls to synaptic's repository listings:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/maxb/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/maxb/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

  1. Mercurial ↩︎

  2. TortoiseHG ↩︎

  3. MercurialPPA ↩︎

  4. TortoiseHGPPA ↩︎

Troy Williams

My name is Troy Williams and I am a professional mining engineer and programmer writing software for the mining industry.