Fix additional Mercurial/Python compatibility issues in "arc land"
Ref PHI1805. Under some combination of versions (Python 3.8?), "arc-ls-markers" is running into additional Python runtime issues.
Sprinkle more "b" around to resolve them? Also clean up a couple of plain "arc" issues.
Landed a change in Mercurial.
Some of this works fine without changes in Python 3.7/2.7 against Mercurial 4.7/5.4, so this may not be exhaustive.
Differential Revision: https://secure.phabricator.com/D21393