question on mergemaster

rihad rihad at
Mon Jan 19 08:36:48 PST 2004

Hi. I was wondering if there are any improvements planned to be made to
mergemaster? After today's cvsup I had to sit and keep pressing either
"q" (to break out of the pager) or "i" to accept the new file. This *is*
boring, considering there seemed to be no end to them and I eventually
killed mergemaster, because I had started to get nervous and make silly
typos :). It's just my toy home machine and there's only few files under
/etc that I care about, and these mergemaster doesn't touch anyway (like
fstab, rc.conf etc). Wouldn't it be great if one could add the "assume
yes" flag so that it overwrites without prompting (like gentoo's
etc-update does when you ask it). Currently I came up with this dirty
hack to save myself from hundreds of confirmations, it kind of worked:

# ( echo d; while :; do echo -e "q\ni"; done ) | mergemaster -i

Is such an "no-prompt" option considered important enough to be
integrated RSN or am I missing some obvious and convenient usage pattern
everyone know about?

Thanks in advance and sorry if this is a bit offtopic.

More information about the freebsd-current mailing list