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RBTools 1.0.3 Release Notes

Release date: April 14, 2020


  • Updated the Windows installer to bundle Python 2.7.17, the latest 2.7.x release.

    While Python 2.7.x has reached end-of-life, there are environments out there using the Windows installer that depend on Python 2.7 for RBTools. We plan to update to Python 3 for RBTools 2.0. In the meantime, if you want to use Python 3, you can install RBTools via pip.

New Features

  • Added support for landing Mercurial commits using rbt land.

    rbt land can now land changes from a local branch or bookmark, or from a review request, into a destination branch/bookmark in Mercurial. Any commit histories are preserved, and the local branch can be automatically closed (if using rbt land --delete-branch).

  • Improved the commit message editing experience when patching or landing changes.

    Editing a commit during patching (rbt patch -c) or landing (rbt land -e) used to be a sub-par experience. We’ve completely revamped it to better fit the workflows you’re already used to.

    On Git and Mercurial, we now specify a standardized filename when editing the commit message that should turn on syntax highlighting and line wrapping in most editors, giving people a more familiar experience.

    Deleting all the text in the editor will cancel out any patching/landing operation.

    The default editor to use could previously be set through the VISUAL or EDITOR environment variables. We now also support RBTOOLS_EDITOR, which will take precedence, and can be used to choose an editor specific to RBTools (or to in some way wrap and influence the editing experience).

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed specifying --help as the last argument on Python 3.

    On Python 2, it was possible to run either rbt --help <command> or rbt <command> --help to get a command’s help. On Python 3, only the former worked. We now once again support either form on Python 2 and 3.

    Patch by Katherine Patenio.

  • Fixed encoding issues with environment variables when running some third-party command line tools on Windows. (Bug #4818)

  • Fixed encoding issues when invoking an editor for commit messages on Python 3.

  • Fixed encoding issues with deserializing error messages from the Review Board API on Python 3.

    Patch by Barret Rennie.


  • Fixed looking up available Git remotes for a branch when the branch was not set up as a tracking branch.

    Patch by Joshua Olson.


  • Fixed Python 3 compatibility issues when running Mercurial.

    This impacted reading commit messages when posting changes for review.


  • Fixed Python 3 compatibility issues when loading data provided by a Perforce command. (Bug #4819)


  • Fixed Subversion path/URL normalization on Python 3.7+.


  • Barret Rennie

  • Christian Hammond

  • David Trowbridge

  • Joshua Olson

  • Katherine Patenio