Configuring Bazaar

Telling Bazaar about yourself

One function of a version control system is to keep track of who changed what. In a decentralized system, that requires an identifier for each author that is globally unique. Most people already have one of these: an email address. Bazaar is smart enough to automatically generate an email address by looking up your username and hostname. If you don’t like the guess that Bazaar makes, then use the whoami command to set the identifier you want:

% bzr whoami "Your Name <>"

If whoami is used without an argument, the current value is displayed.

Using a network proxy

If your network requires that you use an http proxy for outbound connections, you must set the http_proxy variable. If the proxy is also required for https connections, you need to set https_proxy too. If you need these and don’t have them set, you may find that connections to Launchpad or other external servers fail or time out.

On Unix you typically want to set these in /etc/environment or ~/.bash_profile and on Windows in the user profile.


The no_proxy variable can be set to a comma-separated list of hosts which shouldn’t be reached by the proxy. (See <> for more details.)

Configuration files

Configuration files are located in $HOME/.bazaar on Unix and C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Bazaar\2.0 on Windows. There are three primary configuration files in this location:

  • bazaar.conf describes default configuration options,
  • locations.conf describes configuration information for specific branch locations,
  • authentication.conf describes credential information for remote servers.

Each branch can also contain a configuration file that sets values specific to that branch. This file is found at .bzr/branch/branch.conf within the branch. This file is visible to all users of a branch. If you wish to override one of the values for a branch with a setting that is specific to you, then you can do so in locations.conf.

Here is sample content of bazaar.conf after setting an email address using the whoami command:

email = Your Name <>

For further details on the syntax and configuration settings supported, see Configuration Settings in the Bazaar User Reference.

Rule-based preferences

Some commands and plugins provide custom processing on files matching certain patterns. Per-user rule-based preferences are defined in BZR_HOME/rules.

For further information on how rules are searched and the detailed syntax of the relevant files, see Rules in the Bazaar User Reference.

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