On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 10:00:30AM +0100, Luke Noel-Storr wrote:
> I'm trying to use the diff-algorithm option for recursive merge, but
> get the above error.  I've tried various different ways of specifying
> the option, but none work.
> To try and find what the correct syntax is I tried peeping into the
> source code, and it looks like it may actually be an error in the
> code.
> This is from merge-recursive.c line 2072:
>       else if (!strcmp(s, "diff-algorithm=")) {
>               long value = parse_algorithm_value(s+15);
>               if (value < 0)
>                       return -1;
>               /* clear out previous settings */
>               DIFF_XDL_CLR(o, NEED_MINIMAL);
>               o->xdl_opts &= ~XDF_DIFF_ALGORITHM_MASK;
>               o->xdl_opts |= value;
>       }
> I believe !strcmp(s, "diff-algorithm=") should actually be !prefixcmp(s, 
> "diff-algorithm=")
> Could someone confirm this is a bug, and is there any other way I can specify 
> the diff algorithm?

I think you're right - this should be prefixcmp.

The simplest thing to do would be to patch it locally and run your own
build - Git's Makefile installs in your home directory by default, so
providing $HOME/bin is on your path, "make install" will just give you
something that works.

Of course, you should then submit the patch here ;-)
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