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Re: Feature request "Shift compare"

From: <Stefan.Fuhrmann_at_etas.de>
Date: 2007-10-16 14:51:11 CEST

Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn@gmail.com> wrote on 09.10.2007 18:45:54:

> > Well, my understanding was that our merge and diff tool(s)
> > are mere "me too" implementations (No offense ment!). Just
> > in case, the user did not bother to chose another tool.
> Not really. I started TortoiseMerge because no other tool available
> (free or commercial) couldn't apply patchfiles (apart from the command
> line tool). Also, the only tool capable of doing three way merges at
> that time was unusable slow.
> So it's not a 'me too' implementation: it's a necessity.
> I waited a long time for WinMerge to implement those missing features,
> but the corresponding issues in their issuetracker have been open for
> years - so I finally had enough and wrote TortoiseMerge.

That's fine for me. It's just that my mind-setting did not
change inspite of those developments. It has now.

> > My question: Is this still true or do we plan to make TortoiseMerge
> > a full-blown bells-and-whistles merge tool?
> What features do you think are missing?

I will try TortoiseMerge the next time, I have a conflict
to resolve. Be sure to get a comprehensive (but maybe short)
short list of feature requests ;)

> > * BeyondCompare for diffs
> > - great folder tree scanning, filtering, comparison, sync.
> > (not used by TSVN but the reason I have that tool at all)
> TSVN doesn't need that. And there's no way to start a diff tool with
> folders as parameters.

It is just the reason, I use this tool anyway (outside TSVN).
And people tend to stick with tools that worked for them once.
Conservatism in our user group is the only point I want to make here.

> > - can select arbitrary lines to start the comparison from
> > (e.g. if a block got moved, I can still check that it had
> > not been touched)
> TortoiseMerge shows a white dot on the left margin for lines that have
> only whitespace changes.

What I ment is: I can compare a block starting at left:line123
with a bock starting at right:line234 by selecting the respective
start lines.

> > * what I miss: KDE Kompare-like patch / diff viewing
> Screenshot please? I don't know this feature.

Kompare is tool with a nice UI. I like it for displaying patch
file contents. One nice feature is the folder -> file -> change
hierarchy in the upper part of the window.


-- Stefan^2.

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