Diff and Merge N Number of Files

I was stuck with this problem yesterday where I need to compare more than three files, as shown below. That threshold hit the limit of Meld, my favourite visual tool to diff and merge code. I was intrigued about the limitation and decided to check the limitation of the diff tools in GNU/Linux world.

Before that, let's create a number of files to be compared.
$ for i in {1..6}; do seq 0 $i | xargs printf "%06d\n" > $i.txt; done

So right now we have six plain text files and one of the content of the file is shown below.
$ ls *.txt
1.txt  2.txt  3.txt  4.txt  5.txt  6.txt
$ cat 6.txt 
000000
000001
000002
000003
000004
000005
000006

First, the default diff console tool. Nope, maximum two files only.
$ diff {1..6}.txt
diff: extra operand '3.txt'
diff: Try 'diff --help' for more information.

$ diff {1..2}.txt
2a3
> 000002

Next, let's try vimdiff. As you can see from the result and screenshot below, although six files are shown, only four can be merged.
$ vimdiff {1..6}.txt
"6.txt" 7L, 49C
E96: Can not diff more than 4 buffers
E96: Can not diff more than 4 buffers
Press ENTER or type command to continue


Can my favourite Meld works with more than three files? Nope.
$ meld {1..6}.txt
Usage: 
  meld                              Start with an empty window
  meld                 Start a version control comparison
  meld   []       Start a 2- or 3-way file comparison
  meld   [] Start a 2- or 3-way folder comparison

Error: too many arguments (wanted 0-3, got 6)

How about xxdiff? Nope again, max is three files but the error message is way more informative.
$ xxdiff {1..6}.txt                                                                                                                
xxdiff (cmdline.cpp:762): 
You can specify at most 3 filenames.
Extra arguments: " 4.txt 5.txt 6.txt"
Use 'xxdiff --help' for more information.

Diffuse? A new tool that I've recently made aware of. It seems we have a winner here!


Kdiff3. Totally ignore the remaining three files. No message what so ever.
Kompare. The program won't even start properly.


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