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

P. A. López-Valencia palopezv at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 15:54:51 EDT 2013

On Tue, 2013-07-30 at 20:05 +0200, Lukas Jirkovsky wrote:
> On 30 July 2013 16:33, Pedro Alejandro López-Valencia
> <palopezv at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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"

> The only diff tool comparable to vimdiff that comes into my mind is
> emacs diff mode.

You are correct, but both vimdiff and emacs diff mode are sophisticated
crutches. You should learn the basic tools to be able to understand the
sophisticated ones later and make good use of them. Of course there are
situations where an automated merge tool is a godsend; FreeBSD
mergemaster comes to my mind: Who wants to merge a hundred+
configuration files by hand when most have changed their SCM id strings
if much? And then it stops and let's you resolve by hand each real
difference between files. I've never used them but I'd guess
pacnew_scripts operate that way.

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