git.vger.kernel.org archive mirror
 help / color / mirror / Atom feed
From: Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com>
To: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org,
	Felipe Contreras <felipe.contreras@gmail.com>,
	Seth House <seth@eseth.com>,
	Dana Dahlstrom <dahlstrom@google.com>
Subject: [PATCH 1/2] mergetool: do not enable hideResolved by default
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2021 00:38:48 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <YEx6GNybrU5mrlNi@google.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YEx5hM/HWby3FBJv@google.com>

When 98ea309b3f (mergetool: add hideResolved configuration,
2021-02-09) introduced the mergetool.hideResolved setting to reduce
the clutter in viewing non-conflicted sections of files in a
mergetool, it enabled it by default, explaining:

    No adverse effects were noted in a small survey of popular mergetools[1]
    so this behavior defaults to `true`.

In practice, alas, adverse effects do appear.  A few issues:

1. No indication is shown in the UI that the base, local, and remote
   versions shown have been modified by additional resolution.  This
   is inherent in the design: the idea of mergetool.hideResolved is to
   convince a mergetool that expects pristine local, base, and remote
   files to show partially resolved verisons of those files instead;
   there is no additional source of information accessible to the
   mergetool to see where the resolution has happened.

   (By contrast, a mergetool generating the partial resolution from
   conflict markers for itself would be able to hilight the resolved
   sections with a different color.)

   A user accustomed to seeing the files without partial resolution
   gets no indication that this behavior has changed when they upgrade
   Git.

2. If the computed merge did not line up the files correctly (for
   example due to repeated sections in the file), the partially
   resolved files can be misleading and do not have enough information
   to reconstruct what happened and compute the correct merge result.

3. Resolving a conflict can involve information beyond the textual
   conflict.  For example, if the local and remote versions added
   overlapping functionality in different ways, seeing the full
   unresolved versions of each alongside the base gives information
   about each side's intent that makes it possible to come up with a
   resolution that combines those two intents.  By contrast, when
   starting with partially resolved versions of those files, one can
   produce a subtly wrong resolution that includes redundant extra
   code added by one side that is not needed in the approach taken
   on the other.

All that said, a user wanting to focus on textual conflicts with
reduced clutter can still benefit from mergetool.hideResolved=true as
a way to deemphasize sections of the code that resolve cleanly without
requiring any changes to the invoked mergetool.  The caveats described
above are reduced when the user has explicitly turned this on, because
then the user is aware of them.

Flip the default to 'false'.

Reported-by: Dana Dahlstrom <dahlstrom@google.com>
Helped-by: Seth House <seth@eseth.com>
Signed-off-by: Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com>
---
Only difference from v1 is the commit message.

 Documentation/config/mergetool.txt | 2 +-
 git-mergetool.sh                   | 9 ++-------
 2 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/config/mergetool.txt b/Documentation/config/mergetool.txt
index 90f76f5b9ba..cafbbef46ae 100644
--- a/Documentation/config/mergetool.txt
+++ b/Documentation/config/mergetool.txt
@@ -53,7 +53,7 @@ mergetool.hideResolved::
 	resolution. This flag causes 'LOCAL' and 'REMOTE' to be overwriten so
 	that only the unresolved conflicts are presented to the merge tool. Can
 	be configured per-tool via the `mergetool.<tool>.hideResolved`
-	configuration variable. Defaults to `true`.
+	configuration variable. Defaults to `false`.
 
 mergetool.keepBackup::
 	After performing a merge, the original file with conflict markers
diff --git a/git-mergetool.sh b/git-mergetool.sh
index 911470a5b2c..f751d9cfe20 100755
--- a/git-mergetool.sh
+++ b/git-mergetool.sh
@@ -358,13 +358,8 @@ merge_file () {
 		    enabled=false
 		fi
 	else
-		# The user does not have a preference. Ask the tool.
-		if hide_resolved_enabled
-		then
-		    enabled=true
-		else
-		    enabled=false
-		fi
+		# The user does not have a preference. Default to disabled.
+		enabled=false
 	fi
 
 	if test "$enabled" = true
-- 
2.31.0.rc2.261.g7f71774620


  reply	other threads:[~2021-03-13  8:39 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 80+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-12-23  4:53 [PATCH v5 0/1] mergetool: remove unconflicted lines Felipe Contreras
2020-12-23  4:53 ` [PATCH v5 1/1] mergetool: add automerge configuration Felipe Contreras
2020-12-23 13:34   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-23 14:23     ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-23 20:21       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-24  0:14         ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-24  0:32           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-24  1:36             ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-24  6:17               ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-24 15:59                 ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-24 22:32                   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-27 18:01                     ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-24  9:24 ` [PATCH v5 0/1] mergetool: remove unconflicted lines Junio C Hamano
2020-12-24 16:16   ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-30  5:47   ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-12-30 22:33     ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-27 20:58 ` [PATCH v6 0/1] mergetool: add automerge configuration Seth House
2020-12-27 20:58   ` [PATCH v6 1/2] " Seth House
2020-12-27 22:06     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-27 22:29       ` Seth House
2020-12-27 22:59         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-27 20:58   ` [PATCH v6 2/2] mergetool: Add per-tool support for the autoMerge flag Seth House
2020-12-27 22:31     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-28  0:41   ` [PATCH v7 0/2] mergetool: add automerge configuration Seth House
2020-12-28  0:41     ` [PATCH v7 1/2] " Seth House
2020-12-28  0:41     ` [PATCH v7 2/2] mergetool: Add per-tool support for the autoMerge flag Seth House
2020-12-28  1:18       ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-28  4:54     ` [PATCH v8 0/4] mergetool: add automerge configuration Seth House
2020-12-28  4:54       ` [PATCH v8 1/4] " Seth House
2020-12-28 11:30         ` Johannes Sixt
2020-12-28  4:54       ` [PATCH v8 2/4] mergetool: Add per-tool support for the autoMerge flag Seth House
2020-12-28 13:09         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-28  4:54       ` [PATCH v8 3/4] mergetool: Break setup_tool out into separate initialization function Seth House
2020-12-28 11:48         ` Johannes Sixt
2020-12-28  4:54       ` [PATCH v8 4/4] mergetool: Add automerge_enabled tool-specific override function Seth House
2020-12-28 11:57         ` Johannes Sixt
2020-12-28 13:19         ` Junio C Hamano
2020-12-28 19:29       ` [PATCH v9 0/5] mergetool: add automerge configuration Seth House
2020-12-28 19:29         ` [PATCH v9 1/5] " Seth House
2020-12-28 19:29         ` [PATCH v9 2/5] mergetool: alphabetize the mergetool config docs Seth House
2020-12-28 19:29         ` [PATCH v9 3/5] mergetool: add per-tool support for the autoMerge flag Seth House
2020-12-28 19:29         ` [PATCH v9 4/5] mergetool: break setup_tool out into separate initialization function Seth House
2020-12-29  8:50           ` Johannes Sixt
2020-12-29 17:23             ` Seth House
2020-12-28 19:29         ` [PATCH v9 5/5] mergetool: add automerge_enabled tool-specific override function Seth House
2020-12-29  2:01           ` Felipe Contreras
2021-01-06  5:55           ` Junio C Hamano
2021-01-07  3:58             ` Seth House
2021-01-07  6:38               ` Junio C Hamano
2021-01-07  9:27                 ` Seth House
2021-01-07 21:26                   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-01-08 15:04                     ` Johannes Schindelin
2021-01-30  5:46         ` [PATCH v10 0/3] mergetool: add hideResolved configuration (was automerge) Seth House
2021-01-30  5:46           ` [PATCH v10 1/3] mergetool: add hideResolved configuration Seth House
2021-01-30  8:08             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-01-30  5:46           ` [PATCH v10 2/3] mergetool: break setup_tool out into separate initialization function Seth House
2021-01-30  5:46           ` [PATCH v10 3/3] mergetool: add per-tool support and overrides for the hideResolved flag Seth House
2021-01-30  8:08             ` Junio C Hamano
2021-02-09 20:07           ` [PATCH v11 0/3] mergetool: add hideResolved configuration (was automerge) Seth House
2021-02-09 20:07             ` [PATCH v11 1/3] mergetool: add hideResolved configuration Seth House
2021-03-09  2:29               ` [PATCH] mergetool: do not enable hideResolved by default Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-09  5:42                 ` Seth House
2021-03-10  1:23                   ` Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-10  8:06                 ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-11  1:57                   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-12 23:12                     ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-12 23:29                       ` Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-12 23:36                         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-13  8:36                           ` [PATCH v2 0/2] " Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-13  8:38                             ` Jonathan Nieder [this message]
2021-03-13  8:41                             ` [PATCH 2/2] doc: describe mergetool configuration in git-mergetool(1) Jonathan Nieder
2021-03-13 23:34                               ` Junio C Hamano
2021-03-13 23:37                               ` Junio C Hamano
2021-02-09 20:07             ` [PATCH v11 2/3] mergetool: break setup_tool out into separate initialization function Seth House
2021-02-09 20:07             ` [PATCH v11 3/3] mergetool: add per-tool support and overrides for the hideResolved flag Seth House
2021-02-09 22:11             ` [PATCH v11 0/3] mergetool: add hideResolved configuration (was automerge) Junio C Hamano
2021-02-09 23:27               ` Seth House
2020-12-28 10:29     ` [PATCH v7 0/2] mergetool: add automerge configuration Junio C Hamano
2020-12-28 14:40       ` Felipe Contreras
2020-12-28  1:02   ` [PATCH v6 0/1] " Felipe Contreras

Reply instructions:

You may reply publicly to this message via plain-text email
using any one of the following methods:

* Save the following mbox file, import it into your mail client,
  and reply-to-all from there: mbox

  Avoid top-posting and favor interleaved quoting:
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style#Interleaved_style

* Reply using the --to, --cc, and --in-reply-to
  switches of git-send-email(1):

  git send-email \
    --in-reply-to=YEx6GNybrU5mrlNi@google.com \
    --to=jrnieder@gmail.com \
    --cc=dahlstrom@google.com \
    --cc=felipe.contreras@gmail.com \
    --cc=git@vger.kernel.org \
    --cc=gitster@pobox.com \
    --cc=seth@eseth.com \
    --subject='Re: [PATCH 1/2] mergetool: do not enable hideResolved by default' \
    /path/to/YOUR_REPLY

  https://kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/git-send-email.html

* If your mail client supports setting the In-Reply-To header
  via mailto: links, try the mailto: link

This is a public inbox, see mirroring instructions
for how to clone and mirror all data and code used for this inbox;
as well as URLs for NNTP newsgroup(s).