GPL Distributed Version Control Software

Bazaar configuration

Information on how to configure Bazaar.

Location of configuration file

Each user gets a pair of configurations files in $HOME/.bazaar. The first one, named bazaar.conf, includes default configuration options. The other file, locations.conf, contains configuration information for specific branch locations.

General Format

An ini file has three types of contructs: section headers, section variables and comments.


A comment is any line that starts with a "#" (sometimes called a "hash mark", "pound sign" or "number sign"). Comment lines are ignored by Bazaar when parsing ini files.

Section Headers

A section header is a word enclosed in brackets that starts at the begining of a line, typical section headers look like this:


The only valid section header for bazaar.conf is [DEFAULT], which is case senstive. The default section provides for setting variables which can be overridden with the branch config file.

For locations.conf, the variables from the section with the longest matching section header are used to the exclusion of other potentially valid section headers. A section header uses the path for the branch as the section header. Some examples include:


Section Variables

A section variable resides within a section. A section variable contains a variable name, an equals sign and a value and generally takes the following form:

email            = John Doe <>
check_signatures = require

Variable Policies

Variables defined in a section affect the named directory or URL plus any locations they contain. Policies can be used to change how a variable value is interpreted for contained locations. Currently there are three policies available:

the value is interpreted the same for contained locations. This is the default behaviour.
the value is only used for the exact location specified by the section name.
for contained locations, any additional path components are appended to the value.

Policies are specified by keys with names of the form "$var:policy". For example, to define the push location for a tree of branches, the following could be used:

push_location = s
push_location:policy = appendpath

With this configuration, the push location for /top/location/branch1 would be s

The main configuration file, bazaar.conf

The main configuration file, $HOME/.bazaar/bazaar.conf, only allows one section called '''[DEFAULT]'''. This default section contains the default configuration options for all branches. The default section can be overriden by providing a branch specific section in locations.conf.

A typical bazaar.conf section often looks like the following:

email             = John Doe <>
editor            = /usr/bin/vim
check_signatures  = check-available
create_signatures = when-required

$HOME/.bazaar/locations.conf allows one to specify overriding settings for a specific branch. The format is almost identical to the default section in bazaar.conf with one significant change: The section header, instead of saying default, will be the path to a branch that you wish to override a value for. The ? and * wildcards are supported:

email = Nethack Admin <>

create_signatures = always
check_signatures  = always

check_signatures  = require

Common Variable options


The email address to use when committing a branch. Typically takes the form of:

email = Full Name <account@hostname.tld>


The path of the editor that you wish to use if bzr commit is run without a commit log message. This setting is trumped by the environment variable $BZR_EDITOR, and overrides $VISUAL and $EDITOR.


Defines the behavior for signatures.

the gnupg signature for revisions must be present and must be valid
Do not check gnupg signatures of revisions.
(default) If gnupg signatures for revisions are present, check them. Bazaar will fail if it finds a bad signature, but will not fail if no signature is present


Defines the behaviour of signing revisions. Has three possible values: always, never and when-requied.

sign every new revision that is committed
(default) Sign newly committed revisions only when the branch requires signed revisions
Refuse to sign newly committed revisions, even if the branch requires signatures


Only useful in locations.conf. Defines whether or not the configuration for this section applies to subdirectories:

(default) This section applies to subdirectories as well
This section only applies to the branch at this directory and not branches


(Default: "gpg"). Which program should be used to sign and check revisions. example:

gpg_signing_command = /usr/bin/gnpg