Getting TortoiseHG working on OSX
These are the steps I took to get TortoiseHg working on OSX (Snow Leopard), using pygtk and the hgtk script included with the TortoiseHg installation.
- Download TortoiseHg. The Windows exe or msi files won’t work, so you’ll need to follow the links to download from source, or go straight here and get the latest version. Extract it somewhere memorable (I went with /tortoisehg/) and take note of the path to the hgtk script (for me it was /tortoisehg/hgtk)
- Make sure X11 and XCode are installed. If you’ve got a developer setup they probably are already, otherwise you can install X11 from the Snow Leopard disk and download XCode from Apple. X11 and the tools included with XCode are used to display the TortoiseHg GUIs. If you have XCode and the X11.app in Applications you’re good to go.
- Download and install MacPorts. The Snow Leopard package is what I used. MacPorts will let us install pygtk, which is needed to run the TortoiseHg GUIs from Python. It also turns out to be really helpful for installing everything else.
- Install pygtk. You’ll need to open up a Terminal window and use MacPorts for this: There’ll be a bunch of dependencies that will download and build, this took a few hours on my Mac Mini, and a whole day on my virtual mac.sudo port install py26-gtk
- At this point, I had issues with Python. This may not be the case for you, but when I typed “python” at the command line it was launching the Apple version of python that couldn’t import pygtk, instead of the MacTools version. Try loading up Python and typing ‘import pygtk’ then pressing ENTER to see if it works. If there’s an error message you may need to change your Python version – I used python_select to do this, which I installed using MacPorts: and thensudo port install python_selectto see what versions you have. Pick the one that’s not Apple with e.g.python_select –l(note the sudo: you may not have permissions if you try the command without it)sudo python_select python26
- Install mercurial. I’m putting this as step 6 because if you do it before you’ve selected the Python version you can end up installing it to the wrong Python. Just grab the OSX 10.6 version and install it from the website, or I’ve found using MacPorts works just fine too sudo port install mercurial
- Install iniparse. This is needed to get the settings working properly for tortoisehg. You can use the website link, or MacPorts again sudo port install py26-iniparse
- /path/to/hgtk should work now, but it will only display a list of options and then quit out. Create a symlink of hgtk in one of your PATH directories (I went with /usr/bin/ but use “env $PATH” at the command line to find one that works for you) sudo ln –s /path/to/hgtk /usr/bin/
- Find yourself a Mercurial repository, navigate to it in the Terminal and type hgtk commit. If you get some warnings about RANDR just ignore them, it’ll still work. TADA!!! There’s our favourite commit window!
Okay, now just make sure your username is properly set up in both the global and repository settings, and you’re good to go.
Now get back to work