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Re: What is the algorithm for 'svn merge'?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-03-25 17:42:12 CET

On Mar 25, 2005, at 9:50 AM, Karan, Cem ((Civ, ARL/CISD)) wrote:

> Hi all, I'm hoping someone can explain this to me. What is the
> algorithm behind svn merge? I ask because I see that svn can
> automatically merge changes. I can see that this is easy to do if the
> changes between two files are actually identical, but how does it
> handle things when there are differences? How does it decide which
> changes go into the files and which get left out? I just want to make
> sure that my C code doesn't suddenly start acting funky due to a
> merge...

It's a basic diff3 algorithm. 'man diff3' to learn about it and play
with GNU's implementation of diff3.

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