how do I preview a patch file from bzr send, e.g.using diff --using meld

David Ingamells david.ingamells at
Tue Mar 11 08:28:57 GMT 2008

Thanks for your replies.

| | How do I preview(e.g. using meld) what I will be sending?

| diff --using meld -r submit:

This does indeed do what I want.

| | I am aware that I could apply the patch to a branch and diff on that,
| | but given that it takes 45 minutes (yes! with bzr 1.2 too) to branch
| | from one of our repositories, that is not an action to undertake lightly.

| Are you using a shared repository?  Have you considered just making a
| lightweight checkout, rather than a full branch?  What about just
| applying it to your normal branch, and reverting if you don't like the
| result?

We do not use shared repositories: in our setup the (peer) reviewer of a patch only has read access to our central repository, so a "checkout --lightweight" followed by a "bzr merge" fails:

bzr: ERROR: Cannot lock 
Permission denied: 
[Errno 13] Permission denied: 

I am very much looking forward to the shallow branches update I have 
seen being discussed - at least if they are the branch equivalent of a 
lightweight checkout. Is there a timeframe for the 1.3 and 1.4 releases? 
In other words - how long do I have to hold my breath?

| | How can I see what properties have changed?

| The only property that is tracked is the execute bit.

But is the bit set or removed? bzr diff just says "=== modified file 
'file' (properties changed)"

BTW: Not connected with the above discussion, but I have just ported the 
GNU indent repository to bazaar, and will soon be making it available 
via http:.  Bazaar is thus being used in yet another project.


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