Let's say I have some directories with symlinks in them.
. ├── dirA │ ├── file013 │ └── file212 └── dirB ├── file013 └── file212 2 directories, 4 files
The symlinks are pointing to directories with lots of files and directories that I don't care about, so I've used symlinks to isolate them. I can edit them just fine, for example, and the changes are done on the actual files.
I want to compare say
Oh, I and I mostly work from the terminal, so looking for
$ awesome_diff dirA/file013 dirB/file013 : diff 1 file pair
- opendiff/Filemerge does do this, actually. ✅ so does ksdiff/Kaleidoscope.
$ awesome_diff dirA dirB : diff at directory level.
compare directory contents, drill down into directories, drill down into individual file diffs....
- opendiff/Filemerge fails this ❌ as it will then consider only the symlinks' own pointers. ksdiff/Kaleidoscope also ❌
(still appreciate GUI-only answers)
diff: does a fine job, but terminal-only. Most GUI diff tools provide line by line copy functionality.
Filemerge/opendiffcompares symlink file pointers, not file contents. actually, if you launch Filemerge, the GUI, from the start it does work, but the command line opendiff calls the Filemerge incorrectly.
Kaleidoscope- file type (symlink) not supported
Kdiff3- compares, but otherwise broken at 0.998 release, the menu doesn't work at all for example.
Meld- haven't gotten it to work on macos yet.
Diffmerge- haven't gotten it to work on macos yet.