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

Pedro Alejandro López-Valencia palopezv at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 10:33:12 EDT 2013

IMnsHO, teach this person to use the tools already available: both nano,
diffutils and less are part of base. Teach person to use "diff  -u"
combined with less and to excersise some judgement about the difference
between the working copies and the new files. Most of the time it is a
matter of jotting down a couple of lines in a piece of paper (anathema!!!!)
and edit the already working file to add a couple of lines or change a
couple of settings to new defaults. Make sure to emphasize the use of "nano
-w" and you won't have broken lines in the config files.

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 3:43 AM, Paul Gideon Dann <pdgiddie at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi guys,
> 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?
> Paul


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