sysutils/etcmerge vs mergemaster
peter.schuller at infidyne.com
Sat Nov 17 02:30:49 PST 2007
etcmerge, with three-way merging, has been available for a while, but the man
page still warns of it not being extensively tested, and of course
mergermaster still seems to be the officially supported tool.
In spite of this, etcmerge is attractive since, to be honest, manually
saying "yes update" to a bunch of files that mostly have only CVS revision
changes is a waste of time. (In addition even files with local changes would
be easier to handle with etcmerge)
Given the obvious benefit to etcmerge's fundamental algorithm I have to wonder
why it does not seem to be more wide spread in use. Are there problems with
it that I don't know about? How many people use it in production? Are there
advantages to mergemaster that causes mergemaster to even be preferred over
etcmerge as the default tool in base?
/ Peter Schuller
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