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git-mergetool--lib: Common Git merge tool shell scriptlets


git-mergetool--lib - Common Git merge tool shell scriptlets


TOOL_MODE=(diff|merge) . "$(git --exec-path)/git-mergetool--lib"


This is not a command the end user would want to run. Ever. This documentation is meant for people who are studying the Porcelain-ish scripts and/or are writing new ones.

The git-mergetool--lib scriptlet is designed to be sourced (using .) by other shell scripts to set up functions for working with Git merge tools.

Before sourcing git-mergetool--lib, your script must set TOOL_MODE to define the operation mode for the functions listed below. diff and merge are valid values.



returns a merge tool. the return code is 1 if we returned a guessed merge tool, else 0. $GIT_MERGETOOL_GUI may be set to true to search for the appropriate guitool.


returns the custom command for a merge tool.


returns the custom path for a merge tool.


launches a merge tool given the tool name and a true/false flag to indicate whether a merge base is present. $MERGED, $LOCAL, $REMOTE, and $BASE must be defined for use by the merge tool.


Part of the git(1) suite