problems with an arch-converted repo under cygwin

Baz brian.ewins at
Thu Apr 20 20:30:29 BST 2006

On 4/20/06, John Arbash Meinel <john at> wrote:
> Baz wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I'm fairly new to bzr, and I'm trying to do this under cygwin:
> > $ bzr get planet
> The issue is that arch used characters like "<>" which are illegal in
> paths on windows. So this actually effects both win32 and cygwin.
> I had hacked around it a while ago. And Martin merged my changes into
> the newly released 'knit' format, which will actually be the default
> format in 0.8.
> So you can use them, but only if you use the 'knit' format for your
> local tree. Are you using the released 0.7, or one of the development
> copies? In general, the solution isn't really easy, but we can walk you
> through a workaround.

I thought it might be that - the old arch repo was unusable for the
same reasons. I've got the 0.8 release candidate here, I'm happy
enough being on the bleeding edge if it works at all... do I do this then? I had a play and I can do 'bzr upgrade
--format knit planet' on the mac (where I managed to grab a branch),
but I don't see how it can be done on the pc - it seems I need to get
hold of a copy of the branch before I can upgrade it - which brings me
back to the original problem[1]?


[1] okay obviously I can now take the reformatted branch from the mac
to the pc, but I'd like to know if there is a cygwin-only solution.

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