On Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:33:57 -0700 (PDT)
Guilherme Cavalcanti <guiganis...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I am a PhD candidate researching about merge tools and doing
> experiments with git and github.
> I know that when the *git merge* command fails in presence of
> conflicts, it is possible to invoke external merge tools through the
> command* git mergetool* to resolve conflicts.
> I was wondering if is that possible to set the *git merge* command to
> call the external merge tool directly, in any situation, not only
> when there are conflicts. 
> More specifically, as far as I know, the workflow is:
>    1. call "git merge"
>    2. if there is conflict, call "git mergetool" to invoke an
> external merge tool
> What I want is:
>    1. call "git merge" to invoke an external merge tool
> Is that possible? If so, how?

Supposedly yes -- via the so called "git attributes"
(run `git help attributes` to see the manual page).
One of the supported attributes is the "merge driver" which might be
set to a program to be invoked to perform a merge.

I don't know if it's possible (or has any sense) to invoke an
interactive application through this mechanics, though.

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