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 Comparing and Merging Files
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 This manual is for GNU Diffutils (version 2.8.1, 5 April 2002), and
 documents the GNU `diff', `diff3', `sdiff', and `cmp' commands for
 showing the differences between files and the GNU `patch' command for
 using their output to update files.
 
    Copyright (C) 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2002 Free Software
 Foundation, Inc.
 
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      being "A GNU Manual," and with the Back-Cover Texts as in (a)
      below.  A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
      "GNU Free Documentation License."
 
      (a) The FSF's Back-Cover Text is: "You have freedom to copy and
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* Overview              Preliminary information.
* Comparison            What file comparison means.
 
* Output Formats        Formats for two-way difference reports.
* Incomplete Lines      Lines that lack trailing newlines.
* Comparing Directories Comparing files and directories.
* Adjusting Output      Making `diff' output prettier.
* diff Performance      Making `diff' smarter or faster.
 
* Comparing Three Files Formats for three-way difference reports.
* diff3 Merging         Merging from a common ancestor.
 
* Interactive Merging   Interactive merging with `sdiff'.
 
* Merging with patch    Using `patch' to change old files into new ones.
* Making Patches        Tips for making and using patch distributions.
 
* Invoking cmp          Compare two files byte by byte.
* Invoking diff         Compare two files line by line.
* Invoking diff3        Compare three files line by line.
* Invoking patch        Apply a diff file to an original.
* Invoking sdiff        Side-by-side merge of file differences.
 
* Standards conformance Conformance to the POSIX standard.
* Projects              If you've found a bug or other shortcoming.
 
* Copying This Manual   How to make copies of this manual.
* Index                 Index.
 
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