Mercurial Branching Vs Bookmarking¶
If you wish to use the branching workflow in Mercurial, as mentioned in the Workflow Support section, then there is a subtle but important difference to note between what branching means in Git and Mercurial.
- Mercurial stores branch information as a permanent part of each commit. Each branch needs to be named and is assigned persistent symbolic links inside the repository.
- In Git, by contrast, a branch is simply a lightweight movable pointer to a commit.
This is where bookmarks replicate the Git branch functionality in Mercurial. A bookmark is a references to a commit that can be automatically updated when new commits are made. For more information, see the Mercurial Bookmark documentation.
To use Mercurial bookmarks like Git branches, see the following example.
# Make a bookmark particular revision $ hg bookmark -r 3400 my-bookmark # push the bookmark to the server $ hg push -B my-bookmark # Delete remote bookmark, by deleting locally, then push deletion $ hg bookmark -d my-bookmark $ hg push -B my-bookmark
To open a pull request from a bookmark using RhodeCode Enterprise, use the usual pull request steps.