Improving Textual Merge Result

Mehdi Ahmed Nacer, Pascal Urso, François Charoy
2013 Proceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing  
In asynchronous collaborative systems, merging is an essential component. It allows to reconcile modifications made concurrently as well as managing software change through branching. The collaborative system is in charge to propose a merge result that includes user's modifications. The users now have to check and adapt this result. The adaptation should be as effort-less as possible, otherwise, the users may get frustrated and will quit the collaboration. The objective of this paper is to
more » ... ve the result quality of the textual merge tool that constitutes the default merge tool of distributed version control systems. The basic idea is to study the behavior of the concurrent modifications during merge procedure. We identified when the existing merge techniques under-perform, and we propose solutions to improve the quality of the merge. We finally compare with the traditional merge tool through a large corpus of collaborative editing.
doi:10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2013.254103 dblp:conf/colcom/Ahmed-NacerUC13 fatcat:lmip5omxrvhojcjgfyqfqiy5e4