|Synchronize with Repository / Conflicts|
The conflicts of a file in the conflicted state (a file with the red double arrow icon) can be edited visually with the Compare view (the built-in file diff tool) or with an external diff application. Resolving the conflict means deciding for each conflict if the local version of the change will remain or the remote one instead of the special conflict markers inserted in the file by the SVN server.
The Compare view (or the external diff application set in Preferences) is opened with the action Edit Conflict which is available on the contextual menus of the Working Copy view and is enabled only for files in the conflicted state (an update operation was executed but the differences could not be merged without conflicts). The external diff application is called with 3 parameters because it is a 3-way diff operation between the local version of the file from the working copy and the HEAD version from the SVN repository with the BASE version from the working copy as common ancestor.
If the option Show warning dialog when edit conflicts is enabled you will be warned at the beginning of the operation that the operation will overwrite the conflict version of the file received from the SVN server (the version which contains the conflict markers <<<<<<<, =======, >>>>>>>) with the original local version of the file that preceded the update operation. If you press the OK button the visual conflict editing will proceed and a backup file of the conflict version received from the SVN server is created in the same working copy folder as the file with the edited conflicts. The name of the backup file is obtained by appending the extension .sync.bak to the file as stored on the SVN server. If you press the Cancel button the visual editing will be aborted.
The usual operations on the differences between two versions of a file are available on the toolbar of this view:
The operation begins by overwriting the conflict version of the file received from the SVN server (the version which contains the conflict markers <<<<<<<, =======, >>>>>>>) with the original local version of the file before running the update action which created the conflict. After that the differences between this original local version and the repository version are displayed in the Compare view.
If you want to edit the conflict version of the file directly in a text editor instead of the visual editing offered by the Compare view you should work on the local working copy file after the update operation without running the action Edit Conflict. If you decide that you want to edit the conflict version directly after running the action Edit Conflict you have to work on the .sync.bak file.
If you did not finish editing the conflicts in a file at the first run of the action Edit Conflict you can run the action again and you will be prompted to choose between resuming the editing where the previous run left it and starting again from the conflict file received from the SVN server.
After the conflicts are edited and saved in the local version of the file you should run:
Both actions remove the backup file and other temporary files created with the conflict version of the local file.