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Re: How to read 3-way differences in TortoiseMerge?

From: Robert Dailey <rcdailey_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 16:43:05 -0500

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 3:16 PM, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> Robert Dailey wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com<mailto:
>> tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Robert Dailey wrote:
>> Hi,
>> When I do an SVN Update, I notice a few items that are "Merged"
>> (green). I right click these and go to "Compare with Working
>> Copy" because I'm interested in seeing *what was merged into
>> what I already have*. However, I end up getting horribly
>> confused because it's not showing me anything useful. I have no
>> idea how to read the differences. What is it comparing against?
>> It shows you on the top left the file from the repository, compared
>> against BASE. On the right, you see your file (with your local
>> modifications) compared against BASE.
>> And on the bottom, you see the merged result, compared against BASE.
>> What version from the repository is being compared against base in the
>> top-left window? I noticed changes in there that were from a few revisions
>> back from what I actually got during this particular update. What two files
>> are being merged in the bottom pane?
> The revision from the repository is the last-commit-rev of the item you've
> updated (usually the parent folder).
> the bottom pane shows the merge result of the file in the repository and

I'm still pretty confused about that top-left pane.

You say it's the merge result of the last commit revision and BASE. BASE I'm
assuming is the lastest revision of that file that I have in my working
copy. The last commit revision seems like it would be the exact same thing,
since my last update OBTAINED the last commit revision (as it would have
been committed by someone else). The file showed the following:

   1. The changes for *this* update (the update that resulted in me viewing
   the diff in the first place)
   2. Changes from about 2-3 updates back (These shouldn't be showing up, as
   they have nothing to do with what I care about... which is the changes
   obtained in *this* update)

Sorry for being slow about this. I appreciate you taking the time to explain
this to me.
Received on 2008-07-23 23:43:18 CEST

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