I have recently fallen in love with Mercurial
(aka hg), and would like to start using it for my projects. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with this, mostly relating to the IDE:
- I've had some difficulty in the past with gnome-inform7, which doesn't seem to like it when files change behind its back.
- Extensions don't get their own folders, so I have to do something clever with them. I suppose I could use symlinks (from Extensions/My Name/foo.i7x to ~/hg/foo/foo.i7x), but see point 1 above. An alternative, if Inform supports it, would be to just give them their own directories (Extensions/My Name/foo/foo.i7x), but I doubt Inform does support this.
- I'm not sure if it's safe to put a .hg directory inside a .inform directory. Will this confuse the IDE? Also, hg's more extravagant features will litter the project directory with dotfiles (files beginning with "."). Will those confuse the IDE?
- I suspect there's lots of transient stuff in the .inform folders that hg shouldn't track (e.g. temporary I6 files, possibly the Skein and/or Index, compiler output, etc.), as well as permanent things that don't need to be tracked (e.g. the IFID). hg does have native support for "ignoring" files, but to do that I need to know where those files live.
- Materials cannot be reasonably tracked in the same repository as the source. This is less of an issue since I don't really need to track Materials, but it would be nice. I suppose this could be circumvented by putting both directories in their own "project" directory, and I think gnome-inform7 would support this, but I might be missing something obvious.
Ultimately, I'm thinking about switching to pure command line tools. I'm on Ubuntu and have gnome-inform7, but i7 doesn't appear to be available from the command line ("i7: command not found"). Can I safely install it in addition to the graphical version, or do I need to choose between them?
Also, does anyone have any recommendations for integrating hg with gnome-inform7, or at least dealing with the issues above?