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The output of etc-update and dispatch-conf makes it difficult to discern the original parts of the configuration files from the new parts. By colorizing the output, it is much easier to visualize the differences.


First emerge colordiff:

# emerge -av colordiff

Or if you want to use KDiff3:

# emerge -av kdiff3


Now configure etc-update to use colordiff/kdiff3. Edit /etc/etc-update.conf and change the diff_command variable to the following:

File: /etc/etc-update.conf

for colordiff:

diff_command="colordiff -u %file1 %file2"

for kdiff3:

diff_command="kdiff3 %file1 %file2"


The TIP dispatch-conf article details how to achieve the same with dispatch-conf.

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