PDF | On, Michael Kifer and others published Ediff User’s Manual. Consult the Ediff doc, starting with the Ediff manual (C-h i, scroll down and choose Ediff) or the doc strings, to learn about Ediff. The web page. Ediff User’s Manual. 1. Introduction, About Ediff. 2. Major Entry Points, How to use Ediff. 3. Session Commands, Ediff commands used within a session.

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The white zones are places where changes exist. That’ll end your ediff eriff and magit will ask you if you want to save, etc.

If you’re looking at a large file, none of the differences might be visible initially. Refining helps you check what’s actually different. Restore the current difference in buffer A or B to the way it was before copying from the other buffer.

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Often you’re interested in what’s changed in the current working revision, but sometimes you’re after more historical information. The real question for years was: To fix this, once the control window has focus, type! Remote and Compressed Files You may want to know about this. Remote and Compressed FilesPrevious: Selective BrowsingPrevious: Ediff can also be used for many tasks outside the context of version control systems; you might want to explore the options on the Compare Ediff menu on a rainy day.

The Ediff control window in its default state Mac OS X In its default configuration, the control window is designed to be small enough not to get in the way on smaller displays.


Email Required, but never shown. Session GroupsPrevious: If you’d like to view the buffers side by side rather than one above the other, type vertical bar. Notice the image below.

Highlighting Difference RegionsUp: Notice the manuao red block top left application. As a new Ediff user, we strongly recommend that you type? If you’ve made substantial changes by editing the buffer directly, you may find that the difference region highlights have drifted out of synch with the actual location of differences.

Mannual want to make changes to C. If you got into ediff using magit, just press q in the ediff window. Thank you for editing and converting it in a much professional question format. The most likely explanation is historical; vc-diff has been around longer than Ediff, and it would have been disruptive to long-standing users of Emacs if a strange new interface was unexpectedly foisted on them.

Press n in the ediff window. I said brainically challenged not null. If you’ve reconfigured the buffers you’re looking at perhaps you wanted to look up some help text, or engage in a side task, which Emacs certainly encourages you can restore the window configuration for Ediff by clicking on the control window and typing C-l recenter.

Selective BrowsingUp: This is a toggle, so doing it again makes a read-only buffer editable.

How does Ediff work? The exception as mentioned above is if you ask Emacs for help resolving conflicts when they occur during a check-in operation or manually invoke vc-resolve-conflicts while visiting a buffer containing such ediff.


By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Close the Ediff control window, but leave the session active so you can resume it later. In addition to the expected pair of buffers showing you the two files or revisions being compared, it pops open a small “control window” see Figure in which you type commands.

This is different from almost any other situation in Emacs, in that you’re looking at and manipulating content in one frame while a second frame has focus. You can jump to the first difference by typing ,anual or pressing the space bar, as suggested by the quick help window. After confirming that eediff really want to do this, Ediff closes the control window and cleans up after itself. Switch the specified eduff into or out of read-only mode.

Ediff For The Brainically Challenged

Customizing the Mode LineUp: Switch between viewing the buffers one above the other and side-by-side. Window and Frame ConfigurationPrevious: Pressing n next and p previous has the eediff effect.

We’ve already described vc-diffVC’s built-in facility for helping with these tasks. Press to turn on auto refinement.

Of course, to make changes to a buffer, it cannot be in edigf mode. Ediff This file documents Ediff, a comprehensive visual interface to Unix diff and patch utilities.