I need to detect when a pull request couldn't be merged because of merge conflicts (as soon as possible). Do I have to poll the log files or is there any better way?
Best way would be a plugin that is triggered on a conflicting pull request.
Depending on your use case, you could poll the list of open Pull Requests via the REST API:
and then use the merge status end-point at:
to determine which are conflicted.
I'd stagger how quickly you call merge end-point though. Calculating merge results can be a very expensive operation, depending on the size of the PR, so calling it to rapidly may hurt performance.
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