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Advogato.org: Merge tools

May 01, 2000, 11:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by lkcl)

"Ever tried to keep up, on an hourly basis, with two other developers? Each of you is working in your own branch. One is doing far-out research. One is doing the next stable release. One is doing the current stable release. Never seriously used X-windows or emacs? Where do you compromise your development-style principles? When you're faced with 300,000 lines of code, and daily merges [that took one developer only one hours' work] are cut from six hours to 30 minutes. Enter dirdiff."

"So you use vi, linux-console-mode with six 80x60 screens, diff, patch, ctags and grep. Get a life and use emacs? No thanks. tried it. Was told that it didn't have different modes for text-editing and text-entry, it was better all-round. Had this wonderful thing called emerge, it could solve all my problems of how to do, as Jeremy Allison described it from over a year ago, 'The MFH (tm)' - The Merge From Hell."

"One Samba team member had already tried, and failed. To give you an idea of the size of the task, the diff file between the stable Samba 2.0 tree and what is now the Samba TNG tree (The Next Generation), was 7 megabytes, and that was six months ago."

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