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NAME

merge - three-way file merge  

SYNOPSIS

merge [-Llabel1 [-Llabel3]] [-p] [-q] file1 file2 file3


 

DESCRIPTION

merge incorporates all changes that lead from file2 to file3 into file1. The result goes to standard output if -p is present, into file1 otherwise. merge is useful for combining separate changes to an original. Suppose file2 is the original, and both file1 and file3 are modifications of file2. Then merge combines both changes.

An overlap occurs if both file1 and file3 have changes in a common segment of lines. On a few older hosts where diff3 does not support the -E option, merge does not detect overlaps, and merely supplies the changed lines from file3. On most hosts, if overlaps occur, merge outputs a message (unless the -q option is given), and includes both alternatives in the result. The alternatives are delimited as follows:

<<<<<<< file1 lines in file1 ======= lines in file3 >>>>>>> file3

If there are overlaps, the user should edit the result and delete one of the alternatives. If the -L label1 and -L label3 options are given, the labels are output in place of the names file1 and file3 in overlap reports.
 

DIAGNOSTICS

Exit status is 0 for no overlaps, 1 for some overlaps, 2 for trouble.
 

IDENTIFICATION

Author: Walter F. Tichy.
Revision Number: 1.1.6.2; Release Date: 1993/10/07.
Copyright  1982, 1988, 1989 by Walter F. Tichy.
Copyright  1990, 1991 by Paul Eggert.


 

SEE ALSO

diff3(1), diff(1), rcsmerge(1), co(1)


 

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SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
DIAGNOSTICS
IDENTIFICATION
SEE ALSO

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