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sdiff – side-by-side diff



sdiff [-abdilstHW] [-I regexp] [-o outfile] [-w width] file1 file2


sdiff displays two files side by side, with any differences between the two highlighted as follows: new lines are marked with '>'; deleted lines are marked with '<'; and changed lines are marked with '|'.

sdiff can also be used to interactively merge two files, prompting at each set of differences. See the -o option for an explanation.

The options are:
-l --left-column
  Only print the left column for identical lines.
-o --output outfile
  Interactively merge file1 and file2 into outfile. In this mode, the user is prompted for each set of differences. See EDITOR and VISUAL, below, for details of which editor, if any, is invoked.

The commands are as follows:

l | 1 Choose left set of diffs.
r | 2 Choose right set of diffs.
s Silent mode - identical lines are not printed.
v Verbose mode - identical lines are printed.
e Start editing an empty file, which will be merged into outfile upon exiting the editor.
e l Start editing file with left set of diffs.
e r Start editing file with right set of diffs.
e b Start editing file with both sets of diffs.
q Quit sdiff.
-s --suppress-common-lines
  Skip identical lines.
-w --width width
  Print a maximum of width characters on each line. The default is 130 characters.

Options passed to diff(1) are:
-a --text
  Treat file1 and file2 as text files.
-b --ignore-space-change
  Ignore trailing blank spaces.
-d --minimal
  Minimize diff size.
-I --ignore-matching-lines regexp
  Ignore line changes matching regexp. All lines in the change must match regexp for the change to be ignored.
-i --ignore-case
  Do a case-insensitive comparison.
-t --expand-tabs
  Expand tabs to spaces.
-W --ignore-all-space
  Ignore all spaces.
-B --ignore-blank-lines
  Ignore blank lines.
-E --ignore-tab-expansion
  Treat tabs and eight spaces as the same.
-t --ignore-tabs
  Ignore tabs.
-H --speed-large-files
  Assume scattered small changes in a large file.
  Ignore the case of file names.
  Do not ignore file name case.
  Skip identical lines.
--tabsize NUM
  Change the size of tabs (default is 8.)


  Specifies an editor to use with the -o option. If both EDITOR and VISUAL are set, VISUAL takes precedence. If neither EDITOR nor VISUAL are set, the default is vi(1).
  Specifies a directory for temporary files to be created. The default is /tmp.


cmp(1), diff(1), diff3(1), vi(1), re_format(7)


sdiff was written from scratch for the public domain by Ray Lai <ray@cyth.net>.


Tabs are treated as anywhere from one to eight characters wide, depending on the current column. Terminals that treat tabs as eight characters wide will look best.

SDIFF (1) April 8, 2017

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