So I've spent the last 2 hours installing mercurial again and again only to find it doesn't do anything. So can someone please point out exactly what Mercurial is?
Is it a standalone application or does it hook onto Terminal?
Running Max OS X 10.6.8 on VirtualBox.
Thanks guys, really really appreciate it.
asked Apr 13 '12 at 14:16
Google it. But seriously you should not be downloading software that you don't know what it does. That could lead to a virus. And that is a pain to deal with. I have never downloaded anything that I didn't know the purpose of. Do be more careful with your browsing.
answered Apr 13 '12 at 23:44
Mercurial is a cross-platform, distributed revision control tool for software developers. It is mainly implemented using the Python programming language, but includes a binary diff implementation written in C. It is supported on Windows and Unix-like systems, such as FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Linux. Mercurial is primarily a command line program but graphical user interface extensions are available. All of Mercurial's operations are invoked as arguments to its driver program hg, a reference to the chemical symbol of the element mercury. Mercurial's major design goals include high performance and scalability, decentralized, fully distributed collaborative development, robust handling of both plain text and binary files, and advanced branching and merging capabilities, while remaining conceptually simple. It includes an integrated web interface. Mercurial has also taken steps to ease the transition for SVN users. The creator and lead developer of Mercurial is Matt Mackall. Mercurial is released as free software under the terms of the GNU GPL v2.
answered Apr 14 '12 at 11:03