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I was introduced to subversion about a month and a half ago, and have generally found it to be wonderful, and a vast improvement over CVS. I won't get into the details, because I'll just sound like every other person out there who has switched to svn and then raved about it, so you can just look up somebody else's blog post on the subject. One thing I did miss, however, was the ability to open diffs in FileMerge.Previously I got my FileMerge graphical diffs by using CVL, a GUI front-end to CVS, but I've been using svn on the command-line and am very happy with that, except for this one thing. I figured that this must be a common request, and that somebody has figured it out, so I went Googling. I turned up nothing good; a couple of gigantic scripts that didn't work on my computer, and nothing else.
So finally today, I decided to solve things once and for all, and came up with 20 lines of python that fixes it up very nicely. And now I'll share it with the world!
Put the following code into a file called svnopendiffshim.py that's somewhere in your $PATH:
#!/usr/bin/python from sys import argv from os import execlp import re left = ""; right = ""; argv.pop(0) while argv: arg = argv.pop(0) if arg == "-u": pass elif arg == "-L": argv.pop(0) elif left == "": left = arg else: right = arg execlp("opendiff", "opendiff", left, right)
Now, add one line to your .profile (if you're using a shell other than bash, you're on your own here):
alias svndiff='svn diff --diff-cmd svnopendiffshim.py'
Now open a new Terminal window, go into a project, and type
svndiff somefile.h and, bang, your diff opens in FileMerge.
So there you have it. I hope somebody finds this as useful as I do.
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