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Disable extensions from the Mercurial command line

When working with Mercurial, sometimes you need to access the same repository from multiple hg installations.

For example, currently I’m working on a project on OSX, and need to access the same repo from within a Vagrant environment. In this case, my .hgrc includes


The HistEdit extension is not available by default in the version of hg in Vagrant, so every (scripted) action that uses Mercurial spews something like:

$ hg branch
*** failed to import extension histedit: No module named histedit

One solution is to use a custom hgrc, but an easier solution if you can use it is to use the command line to disable the extension:

$ hg --config extensions.histedit=! branch

In this case, setting the extension path to ! disables it entirely.