Mercurial April 2019 mini-sprint reports

2019-04-17

From April 4th to April 7th, a group of 12 Mercurial developers and users gathered in Paris for hacking and discussing.

  • Arthur Lutz (Logilab)
  • Boris Feld (Octobus)
  • Denis Laxalde (Logilab)
  • Georges Racinet (Octobus)
  • Joerg Sonnenberger (NetBSD)
  • Manuel Jacob (Pypy)
  • Marcin Kizminski (Rhode-Code)
  • Philippe Pepiot (Logilab)
  • Pierre Verkest (Anybox)
  • Pierre-Yves David (Octobus
  • Raphaël Gomès (Octobus)
  • Simon Sapin (Mozilla)
  • Augie Fackler (Google) also made a 1h video call.

The work and discussion covered various aspects of Mercurial.

Denis improved the user experience around hg commit/revert -i FILES and wrote an amazing code documentation on the "matcher" classes in the Mercurial codebase.

Philippe made some packaging related improvements, clearing up the path to experimental python 3 package and looked into including chg into the official Debian package.

Boris setup multiple alternative builds in Octobus' Jenkins instance. Most notably we now have CI coverage for the hg-git extensions and the main test suite of Mercurial using Pypy.

Manuel Jacob worked with Pierre-Yves on offering an option to access obsolete changesets in hgweb and during pull/clone. The result of this work is currently in review. Manuel also worked on his own on build reproduction and fixes to bugs affecting corner cases around rebase, evolve and topics.

Georges Racinet mostly worked on various aspects of the Heptapod project. He reviewed and integrated various improvements from Thomas Riboulet, worked with Arthur to fix various bugs and gathered additional feedback, supported Pierre who was installing his own heptapod instance and chatted with Marcin, Pierre-Yves (and others) about unifying topic based workflow across platforms.

Raphaël worked on various aspect of the Mercurial oxidation with regard to status, including the matcher classes that Denis has been documenting. He also discussed the interaction of Rust and Python in Mercurial with Simon. Finally he worked on ASV to add support for an environment matrix in build and test phases, which will ease Mercurial benchmarking down the line.

Joerg looked into hg incoming issues with pull-bundle and various hooks needed by the NetBSD project. He also discussed with Pierre-Yves the ability to filter arbitrary revisions on "shares" for servers with, reviewed the "stable-range" feature and discussed its possible application for exchanging arbitrary notes applied to changesets at any point in time (tags, code signing, CI status, etc.).

Marcin updated evolve and topic versions on Rhode-Code and improved topic-based workflow in Rhode-Code. He worked with Marla da Silva (Logilab), Pierre-Yves and Georges to bootstrap the first user-focused Mercurial conference to happen on May 28th in Paris (France).

Pierre-Yves chatted and worked with various people on various topics, obsolescence access, shares filtering, conference, etc. (see above) and also worked on integrating various contributions to the evolve extension as well as fixed a couple of bug. This work resulted in the release of evolve-8.5.0 last week.

Thanks to all who attended and to our 3 hosts, Logilab, Sup'Internet and Mozilla Paris

We are looking forward to our next gathering at the end of May around the Mercurial user conference.