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<h1>Mercurial version 0.9 for Windows</h1>

<p>Welcome to Mercurial for Windows!</p>

<p>Mercurial is a command-line application. You must run it from

      the Windows command prompt (or if you're hard core, a <a
      href="http://www.mingw.org/">MinGW</a> shell).</p>

<p><div class="indented"><i>Note: the standard <a

      href="http://www.mingw.org/">MinGW</a> msys startup script uses
      rxvt which has problems setting up standard input and output.
      Running bash directly works correctly.</i></div>

<p>For documentation, please visit the <a href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial">Mercurial web site</a>.</p>

<p>By default, Mercurial installs to <tt>C:\Mercurial</tt>. The Mercurial command is called <tt>hg.exe</tt>.</p>

<h1>Testing Mercurial after you've installed it</h1>

<p>The easiest way to check that Mercurial is installed properly is to just type the following at the command prompt:</p>

<pre>
hg
</pre>

<p>This command should print a useful help message. If it does, other Mercurial commands should work fine for you.</p>

<h1>Configuration notes</h1>
<p>The default editor for commit messages is 'vi'. You can set the EDITOR (or HGEDITOR) environment variable to specify your preference or set it in mercurial.ini:</p>
<pre>
[ui]
editor = whatever
</pre>

<h1>Reporting problems</h1>

<p>Before you report any problems, please consult the <a

        href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial">Mercurial web site</a> and
      see if your question is already in our list of <a
        href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/wiki/index.cgi/FAQ">Frequently
        Answered Questions</a> (the "FAQ").

<p>If you cannot find an answer to your question, please feel

      free to send mail to the Mercurial mailing list, at <a
        href="mailto:mercurial@selenic.com">mercurial@selenic.com</a>.
      <b>Remember</b>, the more useful information you include in your
      report, the easier it will be for us to help you!</p>

<p>If you are IRC-savvy, that's usually the fastest way to get

      help.  Go to <tt>#mercurial</tt> on
      <tt>irc.freenode.net</tt>.</p>

<h1>Author and copyright information</h1>

<p>Mercurial was written by <a href="http://www.selenic.com">Matt

        Mackall</a>, and is maintained by Matt and a team of
        volunteers.</p>

<p>The Windows installer was written by <a

        href="http://www.serpentine.com/blog">Bryan
        O'Sullivan</a>.</p>

<p>Mercurial is Copyright 2005, 2006 Matt Mackall and others. See the <tt>Contributors.txt</tt> file for a list of contributors.</p>

<p>Mercurial is free software; you can redistribute it and/or

      modify it under the terms of the <a
        href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU General Public
        License</a> as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
      version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
      version.</p>

<p>Mercurial is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,

      but <b>without any warranty</b>; without even the implied
      warranty of <b>merchantability</b> or <b>fitness for a
      particular purpose</b>.  See the GNU General Public License for
      more details.</p>

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