On Dec 20, 2005, at 1:16 AM, Michael A. Alderete wrote:
I am wondering if, either as part of Allan's
some bundle maintainer's efforts, a simple "How to Find Differences
TextMate" document could be written. Because I confess, I am at sea
how to get a useful, usable diff of two similar documents.
There's actually a Diff bundle ... definitely in the svn repositories
(I'm guessing that its not in the default ones) ... go do an svn co
of the Bundles (instructions on the wiki) and toss out the ones you
don't need ... the diff commands in there should be pretty self
explanatory. Last I remember, there wasn't something like "active"
diffing .. something of a live update of the diff as maybe your
changing (manually) one file against the other (after the initial
diff, that is) ... I could be wrong since I haven't used it in some
Still, it can be helpful nonetheless.
My gold standard for usable differences is (as many of
discussed) BBEdit. In particular, it has a menu command, "Compare
Documents", which provides a highly usable interface to locate,
merge/modify the differences between two open documents. FileMerge,
flawed in some important ways, also provides a reasonably useful
interacting with two files. (The diff output of the Subversion
not suitable to my group's needs.)
I never have used BBEdit's diff command, but apple's FileMerge
application (that comes with the developer tools) I remember hitting
me as pretty sweet when I saw it ... maybe we could whip up a
TextMate command and put it in the Diff bundle that shoots over 2
files for FileMerge to compare ... at least everyone has free access
to that app... not that I have a problem w/ BBEdit .. I'm just saying.
Hope that helps,