Can not browse remote repositories

Asked by Kevin Phillips on 2011-10-19

I am new to the Bazaar tool-set so maybe this problem has an obvious solution that I am unaware of. Basically I have Bzr installed on a central server as a system service which hosts several branches of several projects using the bzr:// protocol. On my client machines I have the Bzr toolchain installed (including Bazaar Explorer, TortoiseBzr, etc.). All boxes are running different Microsoft OSes (ie: Windows XP, 7, etc.).

Now, what I'm trying to do is use Bazaar Explorer to navigate all the available projects and branches on the remote repository and select one of those branches to be checked out locally (ie: a local branch of the remote parent). I am using the following workflow:

 * launch Bazaar Explorer
 * click the Open URL button under Open an Existing Location
 * enter the path to the server such as "bzr://servername/" and click OK

What I expect to happen is to see a list of available projects and branches that I can navigate to make my branch selection (much the same way Repository Browser for SVN works). What I get instead is the following dialog prompt:

"bzr://servername/ is not a branch, checkout or repository. Do you want to open it as a virtual repository, searching for nested locations?"

Selecting NO does nothing (ie: like cancel). Selecting YES produces the following error:

"Unable to change to C:/bzr://servername - closing page"

The first thing that seems odd is that the target folder "C:/bzr://servername" indicated in the error message is not what I entered in the dialog. It seems to have prepended C:/ to the path for some odd reason. Second, underneath the error dialog you can see that the Bazaar Explorer UI changes to a repository browser view and it does in fact seem to show the projects located on the remote server. The problem is, once you dismiss the error dialog, the view reverts back to the welcome screen.

My question is, am I just doing something retarded, or is this a bug with Bazaar Explorer, or what? I briefly searched the forum here and Goggle and I saw mention that this tool was just not designed to browse remote repositories. So maybe this behavior is expected / by design. Any tips anyone may have would be appreciated.

PS: I am using v1.2.1 of Bazaar Explorer which was included in the latest Bazaar package found on Canonicals website.

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2011-10-19
Martin Pool (mbp) said : #1

Hi Kevin,

I think that's a limitation of Bazaar Explorer at the moment. You
can convert this to a bug and I hope we may be able to fix it in the
future.

Martin

Alexander Belchenko (bialix) said : #2

Kevin Phillips пишет:
> My question is, am I just doing something retarded, or is this a bug with Bazaar Explorer, or what? I briefly searched the forum here and Goggle and I saw mention that this tool was just not designed to browse remote repositories. So maybe this behavior is expected / by design. Any tips anyone may have would be appreciated.

You can try to get the list of available branches on your server using
All Commands dialog and selecting "branches" command. In the argument
field type the URL to your server. HTH

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