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Re: Making git as easy as CVS, for handling merge conflicts

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Making git as easy as CVS, for handling merge conflicts
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:36:14 +0000
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On November 11, 2019 9:45:44 AM GMT, "João Távora" <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 3:04 AM Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
> >
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> > Talking about my problems using git via Emacs and VC.  When I tried
> > this, a few years ago, something gave me three side-by-side windows
> > and I had no idea what to do with them, so I had to bail out.
> >
> >   > Maybe, it was ediff-mode?
> >
> > What does Ediff mode do?  Does it make three windows
> > side by side?
> Ediff is an interactive Emacs interface to the classic diff algorithm,
> where instead of seeing +'s and -'s, you see the two versions
> that differ, one in each window.  You can copy hunks from one
> version to the other interactive.
> I think that ediff3, or ediff-files3, is an Emacs interface to the
> diff3
> algorithm, which I know does the same for three versions, but,
> perhaps much like you, it confuses me a lot.  Some people do
> prefer to handle merge conflicts with it.
> I handle Git merge conflicts using smerge-mode.  In that mode,
> no new windows are created, but you see annotated and
> highlighted portions for each conflicting part in the file. For each
> little conflict region, you can click to decide which of the two
> versions to keep or manually merge the two into one.
> smerge-mode is automatically activated when you C-x C-f a
> file with freshly produced merge conflicts.
> João

The context of this will be better understood if you first read the related 
duscussion on gnu-system-discuss, where it started.  RMS described there 
something that happened to him dyring resolution of Git conflicts.

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