[arch-general] CLI diffing tool other than Vim?

Gaetan Bisson bisson at archlinux.org
Tue Jul 30 09:45:57 EDT 2013

[2013-07-30 10:32:40 +0100] Paul Gideon Dann:
> On Tuesday 30 Jul 2013 10:58:21 Chris Down wrote:
> > On 2013-07-30 09:43, Paul Gideon Dann wrote:
> > > I run a couple of Arch servers, and I'm trying to teach someone how to go
> > > about maintaining it (for when I'm not around).  The difficulty is that
> > > when it comes to package updates that require merging .pacnew files, I
> > > always use Vim to merge changes.  That's quite a steep learning curve to
> > > impose on someone who's not all that familiar with a UNIX environment
> > > yet.  Does anyone know of any good & simple(ish) alternative for merging
> > > files over SSH?
> > Well, what merge programs are they familiar with? If it is vimdiff that
> > poses the problem for this user, you might consider running meld instead.
> Thanks Chris, but this is a headless server; Xorg is not installed, so meld is 
> out.

You could mount the server's filesystem locally using sshfs and run meld
on that. But in my opinion learning to use a powerful text editor is
really a must for system administrators...


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