Jiaaro Jiaaro - 1 year ago 180
Python Question

Mercurial scripting with python

I am trying to get the mercurial revision number/id (it's a hash not a number) programmatically in python.

The reason is that I want to add it to the css/js files on our website like so:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="example.css?{% mercurial_revision "example.css" %}" />

So that whenever a change is made to the stylesheet, it will get a new url and no longer use the old cached version.

OR if you know where to find good documentation for the mercurial python module, that would also be helpful. I can't seem to find it anywhere.

My Solution

I ended up using subprocess to just run a command that gets the hg node. I chose this solution because the api is not guaranteed to stay the same, but the bash interface probably will:

import subprocess

def get_hg_rev(file_path):
pipe = subprocess.Popen(
["hg", "log", "-l", "1", "--template", "{node}", file_path],
return pipe.stdout.read()

example use:

> path_to_file = "/home/jim/workspace/lgr/pinax/projects/lgr/site_media/base.css"
> get_hg_rev(path_to_file)

Answer Source

It's true there's no official API, but you can get an idea about best practices by reading other extensions, particularly those bundled with hg. For this particular problem, I would do something like this:

from mercurial import ui, hg
from mercurial.node import hex

repo = hg.repository('/path/to/repo/root', ui.ui())
fctx = repo.filectx('/path/to/file', 'tip')
hexnode = hex(fctx.node())

Update At some point the parameter order changed, now it's like this:

   repo = hg.repository(ui.ui(), '/path/to/repo/root' )
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