On the internet, everyone has an embarrassing past.
Maybe it was a string of posts in alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die. Maybe it’s that first username you chose on AOL when you were eleven that somehow managed to stick with you. Maybe you were on LiveJournal. Or maybe you signed up to Bitbucket with your awesome username ‘teddybearluv69′. Sure, it seemed really funny at the time, and all of your friends totally cracked up when you sent them the URL.
At first you only had couple of repositories, like your Monty Python-themed IRC-bot and your script to auto-troll 4chan. But then you accidentally put some real code there and pretty soon you needed someone from work to look at it. Suddenly you realized, “Hey, maybe this teddybearluv69 idea, while still clearly funny, might be a career limiting move.”
You don’t want to be laughed at every time a new developer needs access to your code. So you started looking around for a way to change your username, but there was no way to do that in Bitbucket. Until now you had email our support team. Of course we’d make the change for you, but only after calling everyone else in the office over to the computer to laugh at you.
Today we’re happy to announce that you can now save yourself future embarrassment and rename your account on your own. From the account management page, simply select the ‘rename my account’ link and you’ll be on your way.
When an account is renamed, be aware that all repository URLs will be changed. Any users who want to push any updates that are not already committed, will need to change their Mercurial repository endpoint. It’s a pretty simple change. You’ll need to edit your project/.hg/hgrc configuration file.
[paths] default = https://email@example.com/teddybearluv69/publicwebsite
[paths] default = https://firstname.lastname@example.org/ilovebitbucket/publicwebsite
with Mercurial’s easy merging, you could also run the command:
hg push https://email@example.com/mynewusername/publicwebsite
which will push the changes from your current clone to the new repository URL.
In addition to that, we also added the ability to remove your account without contacting support. Clearly, no one will actually ever click that button, but we thought it was important to have, just for completeness.
This week’s key changes are:
- Feature: Account rename
- Feature: Account delete
- Improvement: Moved our issue tracker to http://bitbucket.org/site/master/issues
- Improvement: Common binary files no longer count towards the diff view’s size limit
- Bug: “Get source” link should not appear when there’s no source
- Bug: Invalid file type error when uploading SSH public keys by file
- Bug: When you hover over the change id when looking at an annotated file the title text includes raw HTML
- Bug: Custom uploads fail when using IE
- Bug: After deleting a repository, a caching error occurred and the repository sometimes still appeared in the repositories pull down
- Bug: Eliminated a bug that would occasionally throw an error when creating or forking a repository
- Bug: Eliminated a 500 error if you tried to strip with a non-existing revision