Re: dpkg musings
> * beter conffile handling
> I already have this pretty much all implemented based on the proposal
> on www.dpkg.org. It needs a better 3-way diff function (it calls
> diff3 in a bad manner right now) and needs interpreter bindings
> so it can replace ucf, but the basis is pretty much there.
The merge, however, can't be fully automatic. Here are some thoughts on merge2
vs. merge3 issue from #120152:
Personally, I not sure anymore if it would really be worth it - you would
still have to check each hunk manually because even a non-conflicting
automatic merge can quite easily break the semantics of a configuration file.
For example, adding a path field in the middle of a file could work fine with
the defaults but might unintentionally override the values a user had
specified earlier on the first line.
Also, if you decide to use 3-way merge, do you know if there are any easy
terminal based tools for checking the results?. If not, I could write a 3-way
version of the imediff2 program I made for the 2-way case.