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Access FileMerge services from the Finder System
I just noticed that the app FileMerge (installed with the Developer Tools) is in the Finder services menu now. FileMerge is a very cool app that lets you diff and merge files and directories. I haven't played around with it too much yet, but it shades differences when comparing files, thus making it very easy to see what you're looking at.
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FileMerge sucks. Period.
Authored by: patjensen on Sep 08, '02 09:46:11PM

I was working on a Cocoa app today, and I made some changes to my interface subclasses in Interface Builder and went to merge them in. It trashed my entire class's code, even though I told it where to move it. I went postal as I didn't have a backup and I was on a roll.

I was better off going and adding the definitions by hand. Piece of !@#!@#!@#. I digress, nice hint anyways.


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How does it work?
Authored by: dogboy on Sep 09, '02 09:01:27PM

The only thing I fire MS Word up for is word count and track changes.
Word service has taken care of the word count, but how do I get this filemege thing to work? It brings up 2 windows and then sits there. Is it meant for text comparisons or is it a programming tool?

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FileMerge awesome for single-file comparisons
Authored by: carsten on Sep 10, '02 03:37:15AM

Filemerge trashed a couple directories I was comparing too, but fortunetely they were just inimportant test files.

The one redeeming feature of File Merge is the beautiful syncro-scrolling display with diffs highlighted, and the ease of choosing the left or right side to keep by navigating each difference with the arrow keys.

So it is absoluetly fantastic for comparing two files, but I find I have to copy and paste the result from the third pane (below) rather than letting it save directly to a file, I never trusted it for that and even less so now that it's trashing directory comparisons too. Also the previous version didn't handle iso-8859-1 source code (containing extended latin characters like ΓΌ) so it was just overall easier to but and paste the result of a conflict merge.

It's one of those old utilities inherited from NeXT, and it looks like it hasn't been given the attention it deserves to bring it up to date with Mac OS X.

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FileMerge - Needs UNIX line termination
Authored by: phredator on Jun 05, '03 01:17:38PM

I tried FM after it attained prestigious HOTW status, and I really liked the way it presented file compare info (much more elegant than anything else I'd seen). I resolved to use it for actionscript comparisons, and the first time it gave totally bogus results! I was bummed because I had already become attached. It turns out that the file has to have UNIX line termination, then it works well (I use BBedit light to fix the line ends), though, fixing the line ends is a hassle.

Seems to compare folders OK, but the display isn't as intuitive. I haven't ever tried synching with it, so I don't know about it trashing stuff.

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