I run Ubuntu MATE 16.04.6 LTS with Caja file-manager.

I have added TortoiseHG python extension for Caja file-manager by following my method. It works great with Mercurial repositories.

Currently I need to have similar file and directory emblems for Git repositories. I installed RabbitVCS for this purpose by following my method.

But I see that there is a problem with RabbitVCS on displaying emblems for Cyrillic objects inside Mercurial repositories. For such objects RabbitVCS shows extra error emblem


on all Mercurial items as follows:

Caja with Git and Mercurial repositories - errors on Cyrillic names

I do not want to rename all 25 Mercurial repositories to ascii latin names. So I need to disable Mercurial in RabbitVCS and use TortoiseHG for such .hg repositories. As I know that TortoiseHG allows cyrillic file-names.

How can I do this?


We need to patch RabbitVCS files to remove all mentions of Mercurial.

For anyone interested there is a special PPA with patched packages.
To install them on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS use:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nrbrtx/rabbitvcs-nohg
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rabbitvcs-core rabbitvcs-cli

With these packages the error emblems will be removed:

Caja after patch

and we can use both tools for repositories -

  • RabbitVCS menus for Git (and really for SVN with Bazaar);
  • TortoiseHG for Mercurial (even with Cyrillic names).

If you do not want to use patched packages anymore then remove them with:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:nrbrtx/rabbitvcs-nohg


  1. really it is a bug 1840082 in RabbitVCS Mercurial back-end. As the result the error emblems were shown and special log-file grows very fast.
  2. this method was also tested on Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS - it works here too, but packages are not yet ready.

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