On Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 7:22 AM, Sebastian Schuberth
<sschube...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was about to add a configuration for yet another mergetool when I realized
> that git gui's mergetool.tcl pretty much duplicates git's mergetools/*
> configuration files. Can some one tell me why this is necessary? I would
> have expected git gui to simply rely on "git mergetool" to launch the
> mergetool. Or, in case that git gui needs to use a different tool than the
> one configured as mergetool, that mergetool.tcl somehow uses the
> configuration from mergetools/*.
> Thanks for any insights.

I think the mergetool stuff in git-gui predates git-mergetool.

Ditto the "external diff" stuff in gitk -- it predates git-difftool.

It would be good to unify these so that the difftool/mergetool
experience is consistent.

As for how to have different diff/merge tools in GUI vs non-GUI modes
-- we have 'diff.guitool' to override 'diff.tool' when "git difftool
--gui" is used.  We do not have an equivalent 'merge.guitool', but
that would probably be the way to do it.
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