[TxMt] Req: Compare docs-Diff

Robert M.Zigweid rzigweid at zigweid.net
Thu Feb 17 18:44:29 UTC 2005

I pretty much agree with this, with a modification.  Firstly, I have no 
idea what TextWrangler is.  At least I don't see it on my systems.  
Secondly, rather than implementing a complete diff handler, what's 
wrong with opening the FileMerge application that is part of the OS X 
dev kit? (/Developer/Applications/Utilities/FileMerge.app)

Ideally, you'd be able to supply both 'files' to the program and when 
it's saved it'd drop the changes into the TextMate buffer.   I have no 
idea if this is possible or not with FileMerge, but it's a thought I 
wanted to throw out.

On Feb 17, 2005, at 10:43 AM, Fred B. wrote:

> After the small features request, here is a big one ;)
> I'm sure we talked about it here, but I don't remember if this is 
> planned or not.
> Actually, I use TextMate for everything text-related except one thing: 
> comparing two document(Diff).
> Unfortunately I need this feature a lot. For me, this is "The Last Big 
> Thing" that TM misses.
> The best solution I found so far is to have a command launching 
> TextWrangler to compare the active one and one I have to 
> choose(w/Cocoa Dialog).
> 1) The way to launch this is a bit clumsy. (Having to navigate thru an 
> "open" dialog)
> 2) Having TextWrangler opened just for that sucks a bit.
> 3) Having to edit the files in TW really sucks. I miss all the TM 
> goodness and It makes me feels I'm back in time. ;)
> (And worst of all, I use TM shortcuts all the time and wonder why my 
> commands, snippets, etc. don't work 8-| )
> 4) This doesn't work with remote files, or I have to open them in TW. 
> Meaning changing the prefs of my SFTP client.
> What I like in the "Compare two front documents" feature of TW:
> -The full screen is shared by the two docs with the Differences window 
> under.
> -You can navigate easily thru the diffs.
> -Closing the Differences window brings the docs back where they were.
> -It exists. ;)
> You can even check differences of folders and batch files.
> So, my question is:
> Do you plan to implement this in TM, Allan?
> If the answer is yes, any idea when we might expect this?
> Meanwhile, does anybody have a better solution?
> --
> Thanks
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Robert M. Zigweid                           rzigweid at zigweid.net

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