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Resolving Conflicts

Depending on your version control system, conflicts may arise in different situations.

When you work in a team, you may come across a situation when somebody commits changes to a file you are currently working on. If these changes do not overlap (i.e. changes were made to different lines of code), the conflicting files are merged automatically. However, if the same lines were affected, your version control system cannot randomly pick one side over the other, and asks you to resolve the conflict.

Conflicts may also arise when merging, rebasing or cherry-picking branches.

Non-Distributed Version Control Systems

When you try to edit a file that has a newer version on the server, IntelliJ IDEA informs you about that, showing a message pop-up window in the editor:

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In this case, you should update your local version before changing the file, or merge changes later.

If you attempt to commit a file that has a newer repository version, the commit fails, and an error is displayed in the bottom right corner telling you that the file you are trying to commit is out of date.

If you synchronize a file that already has local changes with a newer repository version committed by somebody else, a conflict occurs. The conflicting file gets the Merged with conflicts status. The file remains in the same changelist in the Local Changes tab of the Version Control tool window, but its name is highlighted in red. If the file is currently opened in the editor, the file name on the tab header is also highlighted in red.

Distributed Version Control Systems

Under distributed version control systems, such as Git and Mercurial, conflicts arise when a file you have committed locally has changes to the same lines of code as the latest upstream version and when you attempt to perform one of the following operations: pull, merge, rebase, cherry-pick, unstash, or apply patch.

If there are conflicts, these operations will fail and you will be prompted to accept the upstream version, prefer your version, or merge the changes manually:

merge conflicts dialog

IntelliJ IDEA provides a tool for resolving conflicts locally. This tool consists of three panes. The left pane shows the read-only local copy; the right pane shows the read-only version checked in to the repository. The central pane shows a fully-functional editor with the results of merging and conflict resolving are displayed. Initially, the contents of this pane is the same as the base revision of the file, that is, the revision from which both conflicting versions are derived.

To resolve conflicts, do the following:

  1. Click Merge in the Files Merged with Conflicts dialog, or select the conflicting file in the editor and choose VCS | <your_VCS> | Resolve Conflicts from the main menu.
  2. To automatically merge all non-conflicting changes, click applyNotConflicts (Apply All Non-Conflicting Changes) on the toolbar. You can also use the applyNotConflictsLeft (Apply Non-Conflicting Changes from the Left Side) and applyNotConflictsRight (Apply Non-Conflicting Changes from the Right Side) to merge non-conflicting changes from the left/right parts of the dialog respectively.
  3. To resolve a conflict, you need to select which action to apply (accept chevron button or ignore ignore button) to the left (local) and the right (repository) version, and check the resulting code in the central pane:
    resolveConflict

    For simple conflicts (for example, if the beginning and the end of the same line have been modified in different file revisions), the Resolve option is available that allows merging the changes in one click:

    Such conflicts are not resolved with the Apply All Non-Conflicting Changes action since you must make sure that they are resolved properly.

    simple conflict resolve
  4. It may also be useful to compare different versions to resolve a conflict. Use the conflicts compare options toolbar button to invoke the list of options. Note that Base refers to the file version that the local and the repository versions originated from (initially displayed in the middle pane), while Middle refers to the resulting version.
  5. Review merge results in the central pane and click Apply.
Last modified: 12 December 2017

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