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sdiff - side-by-side merge of file differences




sdiff [OPTION]... FILE1 FILE2


Side-by-side merge of differences between FILE1 and FILE2.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-o, --output=FILE
  operate interactively, sending output to FILE
-i, --ignore-case
  consider upper- and lower-case to be the same
-E, --ignore-tab-expansion
  ignore changes due to tab expansion
-b, --ignore-space-change
  ignore changes in the amount of white space
-W, --ignore-all-space
  ignore all white space
-B, --ignore-blank-lines
  ignore changes whose lines are all blank
-I, --ignore-matching-lines=RE
  ignore changes whose lines all match RE
  strip trailing carriage return on input
-a, --text treat all files as text
-w, --width=NUM
  output at most NUM (default 130) print columns
-l, --left-column
  output only the left column of common lines
-s, --suppress-common-lines
  do not output common lines
-t, --expand-tabs
  expand tabs to spaces in output
  tab stops at every NUM (default 8) print columns
-d, --minimal
  try hard to find a smaller set of changes
-H, --speed-large-files
  assume large files, many scattered small changes
  use PROGRAM to compare files
--help display this help and exit
-v, --version
  output version information and exit
If a FILE is ‘-’, read standard input. Exit status is 0 if inputs are the same, 1 if different, 2 if trouble.


Written by Thomas Lord.


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Copyright © 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


cmp(1), diff(1), diff3(1)

The full documentation for sdiff is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and sdiff programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info sdiff
should give you access to the complete manual.

diffutils 3.2 SDIFF (1) September 2011
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