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Old 03-06-2009, 06:31 PM
Daevid Vincent
 
Default How do I set meld as the default diff viewer for ubuntu updates?

I am coming from Gentoo, where there was an excellent tool "etc-update" and you could define your diff tool to be anything you wanted. So as you went through each updated /etc file (after an 'emerge world' for example), it would load the new /etc file and your existing one into this amazing graphical diff tool called 'meld' ( http://meld.sourceforge.net/ ). You'd make your changes, save and exit, then move on to the next /etc/ file to be investigated... All nice and automatic like.



In Ubuntu, I'm a little concerned that something like this doesn't exist??

When I do updates, I'm given a rather useless menu IMHO that says things like:



* install new version

* keep old version

* VIEW diffs -- this is useless because you can't do anything with them AFAIK but _view_ the differences.

* three way diff view



...and there might be some others, but nowhere do I see a way to launch a user defined diff tool to interactively merge changes.



Please tell me this is possible.


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Old 03-07-2009, 12:58 AM
NoOp
 
Default How do I set meld as the default diff viewer for ubuntu updates?

On 03/06/2009 11:31 AM, Daevid Vincent wrote:
> I am coming from Gentoo, where there was an excellent tool "etc-update"
> and you could define your diff tool to be anything you wanted. So as you
> went through each updated /etc file (after an 'emerge world' for
> example), it would load the new /etc file and your existing one into
> this amazing graphical diff tool called
> 'meld' ( http://meld.sourceforge.net/ ). You'd make your changes, save
> and exit, then move on to the next /etc/ file to be investigated... All
> nice and automatic like.
>
> In Ubuntu, I'm a little concerned that something like this doesn't
> exist??
> When I do updates, I'm given a rather useless menu IMHO that says things
> like:
>
> * install new version
> * keep old version
> * VIEW diffs -- this is useless because you can't do anything with them
> AFAIK but _view_ the differences.
> * three way diff view
>
> ...and there might be some others, but nowhere do I see a way to launch
> a user defined diff tool to interactively merge changes.
>
> Please tell me this is possible.
>
>

I reckon that we should start you with launchpad...

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager
enter 'diff' in the search field, and the result is:
<https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager?field.searchtext=diff&orderby=-importance&search=Search&field.status%3Alist=NEW&f ield.status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITH_RESPONSE&field. status%3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITHOUT_RESPONSE&field.st atus%3Alist=CONFIRMED&field.status%3Alist=TRIAGED& field.status%3Alist=INPROGRESS&field.status%3Alist =FIXCOMMITTED&field.assignee=&field.bug_reporter=& field.omit_dupes=on&field.has_patch=&field.has_no_ package=>

First one is what you are looking for:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/15029
[Diff files in a more friendly format]




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Old 03-08-2009, 09:48 PM
"Daevid Vincent"
 
Default How do I set meld as the default diff viewer for ubuntu updates?

So as I understand this (and please correct me if I'm wrong) what I'm asking for is still not possible/implemented??!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ubuntu-users-bounces@lists.ubuntu.com
> [mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces@lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of NoOp
> Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 5:59 PM
> To: ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com
> Subject: Re: How do I set meld as the default diff viewer for
> ubuntu updates?
>
> On 03/06/2009 11:31 AM, Daevid Vincent wrote:
> > I am coming from Gentoo, where there was an excellent tool
> "etc-update"
> > and you could define your diff tool to be anything you
> wanted. So as you
> > went through each updated /etc file (after an 'emerge world' for
> > example), it would load the new /etc file and your existing one into
> > this amazing graphical diff tool called
> > 'meld' ( http://meld.sourceforge.net/ ). You'd make your
> changes, save
> > and exit, then move on to the next /etc/ file to be
> investigated... All
> > nice and automatic like.
> >
> > In Ubuntu, I'm a little concerned that something like this doesn't
> > exist??
> > When I do updates, I'm given a rather useless menu IMHO
> that says things
> > like:
> >
> > * install new version
> > * keep old version
> > * VIEW diffs -- this is useless because you can't do
> anything with them
> > AFAIK but _view_ the differences.
> > * three way diff view
> >
> > ...and there might be some others, but nowhere do I see a
> way to launch
> > a user defined diff tool to interactively merge changes.
> >
> > Please tell me this is possible.
> >
> >
>
> I reckon that we should start you with launchpad...
>
> https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager
> enter 'diff' in the search field, and the result is:
> <https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager?fiel
d.searchtext=diff&orderby=-> importance&search=Search&field.status%3Alist=NEW&f ield.status%
> 3Alist=INCOMPLETE_WITH_RESPONSE&field.status%3Alis t=INCOMPLETE
_WITHOUT_RESPONSE&field.status%3Alist=CONFIRMED&fi eld.status%> 3Alist=TRIAGED&field.status%3Alist=INPROGRESS&fiel d.status%3Al
ist=FIXCOMMITTED&field.assignee=&field.bug_reporte r=&field.omit_> dupes=on&field.has_patch=&field.has_no_package=>
>
> First one is what you are looking for:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/15029
> [Diff files in a more friendly format]
>
>
>
>
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:20 PM
NoOp
 
Default How do I set meld as the default diff viewer for ubuntu updates?

On 03/08/2009 03:48 PM, Daevid Vincent wrote:
> So as I understand this (and please correct me if I'm wrong) what I'm
> asking for is still not possible/implemented??!

Pretty much the case... You can register (uppper right hand corner) and
add your comments to the bug report.

>> First one is what you are looking for:
>> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/15029
>> [Diff files in a more friendly format]

Please bottom post when using this list:
http://www.ubuntu.com/support/community/mailinglists/etiquette
thanks.


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