As described in https://bitbucket.org/blog/sunsetting-mercurial-support-in-bitbucket bitbucket will delete hg repositories in less than one year from now.

For an example, I linked to the thg repo and one of my own in How to set up Diffuse as Mercurial's 3-way merge tool and save from the middle pane into target

Given the timeframe, I can probably manually add comments or edit answers and questions I did, which are not that many. However, what should be done more generally? (Also, realistically my replacement links to my partner's server are not ready for long-term use either.)

If the original owner of a repo is still around then, I believe, they can re-register their to be deleted hg repos as git repos with bitbucket. (I will probably do that too.) However, at least the links with commit IDs in them will break then, unless bitbucket provides more extensive switchover support (none of which seems to emerge).

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    145 posts (there may be other URL schemes in use of which I'm not aware). At least not as widespread as TinyPic ...
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 20:46
  • stackexchange.com/search?q=url%3Abitbucket.org%2F 16k posts. thg is not the only project/user that will suffer this linkrot.
    – ecm
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 20:51
  • That search includes Git repos, I assume? And those are not affected.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 20:53
  • Oh, yes, you are right of course. Sorry. However, bitbucket was traditionally a hg host, so a sizeable portion of these may point to hg repos.
    – ecm
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 20:55
  • Of the first 15 on that page, 2 are actually hg repos. So it may be not thousands actually.
    – ecm
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 21:08
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    Hmm...seems like they cite the Stack Overflow Developer Survey as one of the reasons to discontinue Mercurial support. Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 21:23
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog that is awesome, we created our own problem ... :(
    – rene
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 6:09


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