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Bazaar Upload Plugin for Web Development

In this tutorial you will learn how to use the plugin bzr-upload to upload the current revision of your working tree to a remote machine. This plugin is typically used by Web developers who use Bazaar for revision control on their local machines, but only want to upload the latest changes (and not the full revision history) to the Web server. When uploading files with bzr-upload you may choose between FTP and SFTP protocols. Additional information about various set-ups for Bazaar are available on the Workflows page.

This tutorial assumes you have a local testing machine (the local machine) and a networked Web server (the server). It also assumes you are comfortable working at the command line and that you have installed Bazaar on your local machine. Bazaar installation instructions are available from:

The first thing you need to do is to convert your project's files on the local machine into a working tree. This is done by initializing a Bazaar branch within your project's directory. Change directories into your project directory (note, these steps are done within the project directory, not from above).

  • initalize the directory:
    • bzr init
  • check to see that a hidden .bzr folder has been created:
    • ls -al
  • add all files in your project to the revision control system:
    • bzr add

Note: This will include all files in the directory, and sub-directories. If you want to include only a few files, you may add them individually, or as a batch, with:

  • bzr add [FILE...]

If you would like to omit sub-directories you may choose to add only files in the current directory with the --no-recurse parameter as follows:

  • bzr add --no-recurse

You may also choose to "ignore" some types of files, or directories. Additional information is available from the command line help with:

  • bzr --help ignore

Once your files have all been added to Bazaar, you will need to take a snapshot of them. This will start a change history in the hidden directory .bzr.

  • bzr commit -m "Initial import of all project files"
  • proceed with your work, checking your files into the repository as appropriate with the commit command. Update the message so that it matches your work.
    • bzr commit -m "draft of feature XYZ finished, ready to test on dev server."

When you are ready to upload the files to the server you will need to install the bzr-upload plugin. This plugin is installed only on the local machine. Use the following steps to install the plugin bzr-upload.

  • change directories to your local Bazaar plugin directory (~/.bazaar/plugins). This directory may not exist, if it does not exist you will need to create it now.
    • mkdir ~/.bazaar/plugins
    • cd ~/.bazaar/plugins
  • install bzr-upload, and initialize the python scripts:

Once you've installed the bzr-upload plugin on your local machine you can upload the files to your server. This command assumes the directory does not yet exist on the remote server and will create a new directory to place all files into. Please note the root directory for the branch will not be created. For example: if your files are stored in "foo" locally you should include the directory named "foo" in your path. Please update the username, and /path/to/files as appropriate for your system.

The first time you run this command the following message will be printed to the screen, "No uploaded revision id found, switching to full upload." Each of the files will be listed as they are uploaded to your server. This may take a while to upload all files on the initial upload.

For subsequent updates you can omit the remote path. Bazaar will remember where to put the files.

Additional information for the plugin is available from the plugin's help file. You can read it by typing into the command line: bzr --help upload

For additional information on using Bazaar, please refer to the full documentation on this site.