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Old 12-31-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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I miss Winmerge


The subject of this post is quoted from an old thread here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post2077552
but no one seems to have posted any answers.

Is there anything available in Linux that does the job Winmerge does in Windows? (Preferably one that works well with KDE.)

http://winmerge.org/

Winmerge displays two versions of a text file side by side, finding and highlighting differences. It lets you edit either or both files either directly or by selecting differences to be merged.

I'm a Linux newbie, so I may be overlooking some obvious alternative and/or unable to make good use of some tools that an experienced Linux user would find acceptable for this task.

Several people I work with use a side-by-side diff/merge tool inside vi (sorry, I forget what it is called). Like vi itself, it is filled with badly documented non intuitive keyboard shortcuts for essential operations. If you can't memorize that set of keyboard shortcuts, the tool is basically unusable. The display itself also looks like a transplanted text mode program rather than a GUI. I understand the portability advantages of staying that close to text mode. But a true GUI is much more usable.

In asking for a program like WinMerge, I am asking for something that is the opposite in UI concept from that vi thing. Like WinMerge, the operations should be obvious and/or easy to find in the documentation. The display should be a true GUI. Any operation you'd expect to be doable with the mouse should be doable with the mouse.

Does anything like that exist?
 
Old 12-31-2007, 02:52 PM   #2
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How about KDiff?
 
Old 12-31-2007, 02:55 PM   #3
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Xdiff: http://reality.sgiweb.org/rudy/xdiff/ kinda ugly, though.
Kdiff3: http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/ nicer.
 
Old 12-31-2007, 05:07 PM   #4
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Thankyou both for the fast reply and good answer.

I just installed and tried Kdiff3. It looks like I can eventually figure out how to make it do what I need, though unlike WinMerge I can't use it on first attempt without needing to study and experiment.

Hopefully, the usage I usually want when using Winmerge will be possible. On first look at Kdiff3 it looks like it is not. I understand when and why you might want a structured complete merge, but I usually don't. I usually want to open a pair of related files and see the differences and copy a few of the differences from file A to file B and copy a few differences from file B to file A and ignore most of the difference and close saving slightly changed versions of both files.

At first attempt at using Kdiff3, its merge option seems to only support a structured complete merge (manually address every diff and create a single output file distinct from any of the input files).
 
Old 11-02-2015, 12:20 PM   #5
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Sorry to necro an old thread, but as I was searching for the same thing the OP really identifies the issue.

Obvious operations and requires little to no study or docs; available at your favourite package manager:

It's called MELD
 
Old 11-02-2015, 12:37 PM   #6
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why not just use the DEFAULT and already installed KDE4 "kompare"

with this being a 8 year old necro post
the kde3 tools are well

for kde3
 
Old 11-02-2015, 12:55 PM   #7
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meld.
in a repo near you.
 
  


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