I just discovered that Mercurial supports named shortcuts for repositories. This is great for when you want to be pushing and pulling from several repository URLs without typing their full locations.
I was aware you could set a default and default-push repository in .hg/hgrc, in fact whenever you clone a repository a default remote path is created for you.
You can actually put arbitrary names in there. For example, I have a repository “chatbots” that I cloned from Katie’s repository: http://katharos.id.au/hg/chatbots". I want to be able to push and pull changes from my repository as well as pull from her’s without typing the full path out at any time.
default = ssh://email@example.com/chatbots
katie = http://katharos.id.au/hg/chatbots
The above snippet goes in the repositories .hg/hgrc, and I can now run commands like this:
$ hg pull katie
$ hg push
This pulls any new changes in from Katie’s repository and pushes them to the default, mine.