I just installed ubuntu 11.10 on my netbook yesterday. I am having a problem getting tortoisehg working properly on it. I added the ppa for both tortoisehg and mercurial. I am able to install the software (tortoisehg, tortoisehg-nautilus) as I have done in past versions of ubuntu (not 11.04 - I skipped that version). When I launch nautilus and navigate to one of my repositories I don't see any context menu options for tortoisehg and I don't see any overlay icons indicating the repository status. I know tortoisehg is installed because I can issue the thg command at a terminal and the workbench shows up.

Any ideas on how to get things working?

  • I am wondering if anyone knows how to set up the context menus manually?
    – Bluebill
    Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 12:43
  • check my answer it's pretty close to how Tortoisehg was
    – zeitue
    Commented Jul 4, 2012 at 7:28

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I have this problem too so I wrote something to fix it.

just run this in the terminal to set up

sudo apt-get install mercurial tortoisehg
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/
cd ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/
hg clone https://bitbucket.org/zeitue/nautilus-mercurial-scripts
mv nautilus_mercurial_scripts/Mercurial/ .
rm -Rf nautilus_mercurial_scripts/

OK done, now just right click the folder/repo and look under scripts

  • 2
    Good enough for me. Should be marked as an answer.
    – Pijusn
    Commented Jun 24, 2012 at 8:28
  • 1
    This works quite well for me as well. Thank you.
    – karlgrz
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 3:36
  • thanks for writing this. For anyone using ubuntu 13.04 you need to put the scripts in the /home/$USER/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/ in order for nautilus to find them. Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 5:47

I was researching this myself. It may be related to a bug in nautilus-python running on Oneiric. In the description, there is mention of a possible related bug with a similar context menu issue in another application.


There is a bug reported on TortoiseHG bugtracker: https://bitbucket.org/tortoisehg/thg/issue/1333/ubuntu-1110-tortoisehg-doesnt-show-up-in.


It seems to relate to bug #859104: Nautilus extensions written in Python do not work in Oneiric. Unfortunately the solution seems to be that someone needs to rewrite the tortoisehg Nautilus extension.


I managed make it work it rather easily by using the tortoisehg ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:tortoisehg-ppa/releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mercurial tortoisehg

If you have something like this:

(nautilus:2750): Nautilus-Python-WARNING **: g_module_open libpython failed: /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
compiz (core) - Info: Unity is fully supported by your hardware.
compiz (core) - Info: Unity is fully supported by your hardware.
compiz (core) - Info: Starting plugin: opengl
ImportError: could not import gobject (error was: '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpyglib-gi-2.0-python2.7.so.0: undefined symbol: _Py_ZeroStruct')

On your .xsession-errors file at home directory maybe this could help you:


Good luck

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