hg clone [OPTION]... SOURCE [DEST]

make a copy of an existing repository

    Create a copy of an existing repository in a new directory.

    If no destination directory name is specified, it defaults to the basename
    of the source.

    The location of the source is added to the new repository's ".hg/hgrc"
    file, as the default to be used for future pulls.

    Only local paths and "ssh://" URLs are supported as destinations. For
    "ssh://" destinations, no working directory or ".hg/hgrc" will be created
    on the remote side.

    To pull only a subset of changesets, specify one or more revisions
    identifiers with -r/--rev or branches with -b/--branch. The resulting
    clone will contain only the specified changesets and their ancestors.
    These options (or 'clone src#rev dest') imply --pull, even for local
    source repositories. Note that specifying a tag will include the tagged
    changeset but not the changeset containing the tag.

    To check out a particular version, use -u/--update, or -U/--noupdate to
    create a clone with no working directory.

    For efficiency, hardlinks are used for cloning whenever the source and
    destination are on the same filesystem (note this applies only to the
    repository data, not to the working directory). Some filesystems, such as
    AFS, implement hardlinking incorrectly, but do not report errors. In these
    cases, use the --pull option to avoid hardlinking.

    In some cases, you can clone repositories and the working directory using
    full hardlinks with

      $ cp -al REPO REPOCLONE

    This is the fastest way to clone, but it is not always safe. The operation
    is not atomic (making sure REPO is not modified during the operation is up
    to you) and you have to make sure your editor breaks hardlinks (Emacs and
    most Linux Kernel tools do so). Also, this is not compatible with certain
    extensions that place their metadata under the .hg directory, such as mq.

    Mercurial will update the working directory to the first applicable
    revision from this list:

    a) null if -U or the source repository has no changesets
    b) if -u . and the source repository is local, the first parent of the
       source repository's working directory
    c) the changeset specified with -u (if a branch name, this means the
       latest head of that branch)
    d) the changeset specified with -r
    e) the tipmost head specified with -b
    f) the tipmost head specified with the url#branch source syntax
    g) the tipmost head of the default branch
    h) tip


    - clone a remote repository to a new directory named hg/:

        hg clone http://selenic.com/hg

    - create a lightweight local clone:

        hg clone project/ project-feature/

    - clone from an absolute path on an ssh server (note double-slash):

        hg clone ssh://user@server//home/projects/alpha/

    - do a high-speed clone over a LAN while checking out a specified version:

        hg clone --uncompressed http://server/repo -u 1.5

    - create a repository without changesets after a particular revision:

        hg clone -r 04e544 experimental/ good/

    - clone (and track) a particular named branch:

        hg clone http://selenic.com/hg#stable

    See "hg help urls" for details on specifying URLs.

    Returns 0 on success.


 -U --noupdate          the clone will include an empty working copy (only a
 -u --updaterev REV     revision, tag or branch to check out
 -r --rev REV [+]       include the specified changeset
 -b --branch BRANCH [+] clone only the specified branch
    --pull              use pull protocol to copy metadata
    --uncompressed      use uncompressed transfer (fast over LAN)
 -e --ssh CMD           specify ssh command to use
    --remotecmd CMD     specify hg command to run on the remote side
    --insecure          do not verify server certificate (ignoring web.cacerts

[+] marked option can be specified multiple times

global options:

 -R --repository REPO   repository root directory or name of overlay bundle
    --cwd DIR           change working directory
 -y --noninteractive    do not prompt, automatically pick the first choice for
                        all prompts
 -q --quiet             suppress output
 -v --verbose           enable additional output
    --config CONFIG [+] set/override config option (use 'section.name=value')
    --debug             enable debugging output
    --debugger          start debugger
    --encoding ENCODE   set the charset encoding (default: ascii)
    --encodingmode MODE set the charset encoding mode (default: strict)
    --traceback         always print a traceback on exception
    --time              time how long the command takes
    --profile           print command execution profile
    --version           output version information and exit
 -h --help              display help and exit

[+] marked option can be specified multiple times