Mercurial 0.9.5: New Features, More Performance

Oct 22, 2007

Version 0.9.5 of Mercurial, a distributed version control system has just been released. The new version improves performance, adds new features and fixes bugs.

According to the developers, Mercurial 0.9.5 can handle large directories faster than its predecessor, and the GPL’d software also handles large file better than before. The new version includes various bugfixes, such as one in its support of the VFAT filesystem on Linux, and for resolving paths in the Mercurial command line program Hg.

New: the "hg archive" action can now handle symbolic links, even if the operating system itself does not support symlinks. The "hg manifest -v" command now displays an additional field in the file list with information on the file type. The "*" symbol indicates an executable file, whereas links are tagged with an "@". The Hgweb web front-end now supports the Atom syndication format.

The Mercurial Wiki provides an overview of the changes. The Python source code for Mercurial 0.95 is available for downloading here.

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