I am using a mercurial repository with Source tree. How can I find out if there are changes available before I pull ? Expecting there is a way to tell if I am at tip or not before the pull.
SourceTree periodically checks the default remote in the background (10 mins by default, it's configurable in Preferences), and if there are incoming changes a count is displayed on the Pull toolbar icon, and also alongside a down arrow icon in the Bookmarks view.
Otherwise, when you hit 'Pull' from the toolbar, you get a display of 'hg incoming' before you click OK so you can preview the changes that way too.
Both git and hg hold lock files on the repo data so that parallel commands can't screw each other up like this, so this shouldn't happen. The one case where I've seen it occur is when trying to use a repo via a SMB share, which can't fulfil the requirements reliably. But using a repo on a SMB share is generally a bad idea anyway.
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