git-mediate: Tool to help resolving git conflicts

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Git conflict resolution has never been easier

When encountering a conflict, you can sometimes imagine: if only I could have applied one of these patches BEFORE the other rather than concurrently, I wouldn't be in this mess!

Well, with git-mediate, you can!

In any conflicted state - git-mediate shows you the 2 diffs involved. By applying these diffs to the base version and the other version, you emulate the situation where the patch had already existed when the other had been applied.

Reapply git-mediate, it will validate that you've indeed applied it correctly, and bam: conflict disappeared!

Git-mediate also lets you handle modify/delete conflicts (there's no sane way in git to show what the modification actually was)

Git-mediate also streamlines jumping to the conflicts with your editor, either with the `-e` option to invoke your editor, or via the standard line number format, which is parsed by all major editors, to allow use of "jump to next error" keys.

Git-mediate especially shines with automatic source transformation tools such as renamers.

In a conflicted state, re-apply a rename that caused the conflict, run git-mediate without opening any files, and the conflicts are gone!

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Dependencies ansi-terminal (>=0.6.2), base (>=4.8 && <5), base-compat (>=0.8.2), Diff (>=0.4), directory (>=1.2), filepath (>=1.3), generic-data (>=0.8.2), mtl (>=2.1), optparse-applicative (>=0.11), process (>=1.2), unix-compat (>= [details]
License GPL-2.0-only
Author Eyal Lotem
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Uploaded by EyalLotem at 2023-07-25T11:21:01Z
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Handling conflicts is difficult!

One useful way to handle them, is to use git's diff3 conflict style:

git config --global merge.conflictstyle diff3

And then when you get a conflict, it looks like:

Unconflicted stuff

<<<<<<< HEAD
Version A changes
Base version
======= Version B
Version B changes

More unconflicted stuff here

Then you are supposed to manually merge the useful changes in the top and bottom parts, relative to the base version.

A useful way to do this is to figure out which of the changes (Version A or Version B) is a simpler change.

Perhaps one of the versions just added a small comment above the code section:

Unconflicted stuff

<<<<<<< HEAD
Added a comment here
======= Version B
BASE and complex changes here

More unconflicted stuff here

One easy thing to do, mechanically, is to apply the simple change to the other 2 versions. Thus, it becomes:

Unconflicted stuff

<<<<<<< HEAD
Added a comment here
Added a comment here
======= Version B
Added a comment here
BASE and complex changes here

More unconflicted stuff here

Now, you can run this little utility: git-mediate, which will see the conflict has become trivial (only one side changed anything) and select that side appropriately.

When all conflicts have been resolved in a file, "git add" will be used on it automatically.

Simpler case

You might just resolve the conflicts manually and remove the merge markers from all of the conflicts.

In such a case, just run git-mediate, and it will "git add" the file for you.


  1. Install haskell stack
  2. Run: stack install git-mediate

Alternative install: from sources

Clone it:

git clone
cd git-mediate

Option #1: Build & install using stack: stack install (make sure you installed haskell stack)

Option #2: Build & install using cabal: cabal install (make sure ~/.cabal/bin is in your $PATH)


Call the git-mediate from a git repository with conflicts.

Additional features

Open editor

You can use the -e flag to invoke your $EDITOR on every conflicted file that could not be automatically resolved.

Show conflict diffs

Sometimes, the conflict is just a giant block of incomprehensible text next to another giant block of incomprehensible text.

You can use the -d flag to show the conflict in diff-from-base form. Then, you can manually apply the changes you see in both the base and wherever needed, and use git-mediate again to make sure you've updated everything appropriately.


Copyright (C) 2014-2023 Eyal Lotem

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