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Phantom changes showing in pull request

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July 7, 2022

We've started to see changes on the PR that are already merged. 

We stopped using Github because their diff system on the PRs would show changes that were already merged in. 

Recently, these same phantom changes started showing in on the PR diff. This is a big problem for us. 


Here is a scenario:

feature-a is branched off of master

feature-b is branched off master

feature-a is merged into feature-b

feature-a is merged into develop

a PR into develop is created for feature-b

The diff for the feature-b PR is showing changes from feature-a even though it is already merged into develop. 



I know Bitbucket recently made some changes to how merge conflicts are shown. This may be an unfortunate side effect from that change. 

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Bernadette Buck July 11, 2022

@benbuie This is affecting others too! I found the specific feature request here. You can vote for it if you believe it will help you.

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Theodora Boudale
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July 11, 2022

Hi @benbuie and welcome to the community.

We recently made changes to our diff algorithm from what we call a '3-way' diff to a 2-way 'three-dot' diff. The '3-way' diff includes changes to the destination branch, whereas the 'three-dot' diff does not reflect changes made to the destination branch since the source branch was created from the destination branch:

While we were proudly the sole source code management tool in the industry that supported the preview-merge diff, it was very significantly impacting the performance we were able to deliver to our customers. The complexity to calculate the preview merge diffs is the very reason why other SCM providers made the choice never to even introduce them to their customers.

While the preview-merge diff showed the changes made to the destination branch in the diff, if the feature branch was not synced with the latest from the target branch then the feature branch code was not tested with the latest target branch code.

In order to see the changes to the target branch reflected in the diff, simply sync the target branch to your feature branch. The sync can be done by merging the target branch into the feature branch (locally or in the UI), or it can be done by rebasing the feature branch locally. Instructions for both are detailed here.

By making these changes to the diffs we are now able to give you a boosted performance and we also continue to work on additional features that should help your internal workflows. Please feel free to monitor our public roadmap and we are hoping that you will be able to develop seamless workflows for your team.

Kind regards,

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