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Tamarin mercurial commit hook

It is highly recommended that all developers enable the mercurial commit hook for tamarin.  The hook is located in the tamarin-redux repository in the file utils/hooks/

This is a simple mercurial hook that checks the following filetypes ('.cpp', '.h', '.as', '.abs', '.py') for the following:

  • Tabs anywhere in the line
  • Trailing whitespace
  • Windows line endings (\r\n)
  • "MARK_SECURITY_CHANGE" - Looks for this text and warns user as security changes should NOT be checked into the public tamarin-redux repository.

Installing the commit hook

The easiest way to implement the hook is to sync to the tip of tamarin-redux then add the following to your tamarin-redux/.hg/hgrc file (or to ~/.hgrc to implement for all local repos):

pretxncommit.commit = python:/path/to/tamarin-redux/utils/hooks/

Once added, all commits will run the commit hook.

Hook Use

On every commit to your local repository, the hook will only check for violations in any new / changed code.  Any untouched lines of code that violate the check will be ignored.  When a violation is found the following will be displayed:

> hg commit -m "change with a tab"

Tab(s) found in test/test.txt for rev 1458 (change 53543674b8e6):
@@ -65,4 +65,6 @@
+# tab	here
(n)o, (y)es, (a)llow Tabs for current file
Are you sure you want to commit this change? [n]:  

Note that the prompt gives you the options to abort the commit (no), allow the tab (or other violation) on that particular line, or allow the violation for all lines in that file.

If you choose to abort the commit, the commit message will be saved to .hg/  This allows you to reuse the commit message after fixing the issue by using the -l (--logfile) option:

hg commit -l /reporoot/.hg/


At the moment this is a local-only hook and is not enforced on the server.  This may change in the future and be enforced for all checkins.

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