Share a Mercurial repository on github (macOS)

Local macOS configuration

Python & Mercurial

This was tested on macOS El Capitan, with Pyhton 2.7 and Mercurial 4.2.2

Install Hg-Git

You will need the Hg-Git Mercurial plugin.

It can be installed with Python's package installer pip.

Install pip first:

$ wget
$ python

Install Mercurial (eventually) & Hg-Git:

$ sudo pip install mercurial
$ sudo pip install hg-git

Enable the extension:

$ vi ~/.hgrc:

hggit =

SSH key for github

create SSH key (details)

  • ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C ""

add it to your github account (details)

  • $ pbcopy < ~/.ssh/
  • Github: Settings -- SSH / GPG Keys -- New SSH key -- paste clipboard

Configure & share repository

create empty github repository

  • create on github
  • copy its URL
configure local empty repository
$ mkdir myrepo
$ cd myrepo
$ hg init

set username & include github URL as default 
$ vi .hg/hgrc

username = Someone Example

default = git+ssh://

Push & pull

Upload local changes to github

hg addremove
hg commit
hg bookmark -r default master
hg push

Integrate locally changes made on github

hg pull -u

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Email Round Trip Monitoring

If you administer an email server as I do, it's very useful to have an automated monitoring system that checks often that it works properly.

My first try on any new feature I want to add to my non-fatally-critical systems is to use an external service, specially if it can be done for free. Whereas there is a number of server monitoring services, most don't include roundtrip email monitoring, at least on their free plan. 

The only one I found to include it is...

Force HTTPS & www

You want to force any URL that doesn't include either:

  1. HTTPS
  2. www subdomain
to be redirected to the corresponding URL including both.

The following directives in the .htaccess file worked for me for a simple static site:

RewriteEngine On

RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}

There must be a way to make the first condition generic and avoid hardcoding, I just didn't investigate it, maybe you already know how & can comment below ;-)