filemerge: A feature request

Steve Borho steve at
Tue Feb 5 23:20:28 CST 2008

On Wed, 2008-02-06 at 08:25 +0530, dhruva wrote:
> Hello,
>  Would it make sense to have configuration based on file types? I
> would like to have all binary files to be treated specially. I need
> them to be copied from "other" to "local" blindly with no merge.
> There are a bunch of zip/tar files that I never (almost) modify. At
> times, I might have some older copy for testing purposes in my branch.
> When I do pull from a different branch, I prefer to have my local
> copies over written most of the times.

You could probably do this via match patterns.

**.tar    = internal:local
**.tar.gz = internal:other

To use actual file <mime> types, you would need to write our own merge
shell script that called 'file' or some other tool and parsed the
results, then assign that as your default tool:

merge =

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