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What is proper method for renaming files or folder in Source Tree - Mercurial - Windows 7?

Currently I rename all files then in Source Tree, it shows all of the old named files as being removed and shows all the new named files. I know on my Apple computer there is a move option on my right click menu. What is the current best practice for renaming folders and files using Mercurial on Windows 7?

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If there are any changes internal to the files or folders, Source Tree will assume that you have deleted the previous files and are adding new files (that have a different name or different folder name). This causes these renamed files or the files under the renamed folder to lose the revision history linked to that file.

I discovered that as long as you do not have any content changes in the files or folder for a commit, you can rename them with Source Tree understanding that these are the same file by clicking on Add/Remove. It will then show these files as "moved" and retain the history of this file properly.

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Timothy Community Leader Sep 22, 2013

Same. Just rename the file in the windows explorer. hg or Git will pick it up as a deleted and an add.

but then it will think they are different files and won't track it's changes from earlier versions.

There is now a MOVE command that will solve this problem. You can right-click on the file, select Move..., and then choose a new name.

I don't see a Move command on the right-click menu.

Why is this disabled for multiple select.  This makes renaming folders with lots of items in them very difficult.

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