sdiff

You can use the `sdiff' command to merge two files interactively. (Show differences)

SYNTAX
      sdiff -o OUTFILE OPTIONS... FROM-FILE TO-FILE

OPTIONS
      This merges FROM-FILE with TO-FILE, with output to OUTFILE.  If
      FROM-FILE is a directory and TO-FILE is not, `sdiff' compares the file
      in FROM-FILE whose file name is that of TO-FILE, and vice versa.
      FROM-FILE and TO-FILE may not both be directories.

      `sdiff' options begin with `-', so normally FROM-FILE and TO-FILE
      may not begin with `-'.  However, `--' as an argument by itself treats
      the remaining arguments as file names even if they begin with `-'.  You
      may not use `-' as an input file.

      An exit status of 0 means no differences were found, 1 means some
      differences were found, and 2 means trouble.

      `sdiff' without `-o' (or `--output') produces a side-by-side
      difference.  This usage is obsolete; use `diff --side-by-side' instead.

Multiple single letter options (unless they take an argument)
can be combined into a single command line argument.

`-a'
     Treat all files as text and compare them line-by-line, even if they
     do not appear to be text.

`-b'
     Ignore changes in amount of white space.

`-B'
     Ignore changes that just insert or delete blank lines.

`-d'
     Change the algorithm to perhaps find a smaller set of changes.
     This makes `sdiff' slower (sometimes much slower).

`-H'
     Use heuristics to speed handling of large files that have numerous
     scattered small changes.

`--expand-tabs'
     Expand tabs to spaces in the output, to preserve the alignment of
     tabs in the input files.

`-i'
     Ignore changes in case; consider upper- and lower-case to be the
     same.

`-I REGEXP'
     Ignore changes that just insert or delete lines that match REGEXP.

`--ignore-all-space'
     Ignore white space when comparing lines.

`--ignore-blank-lines'
     Ignore changes that just insert or delete blank lines.

`--ignore-case'
     Ignore changes in case; consider upper- and lower-case to be the
     same.

`--ignore-matching-lines=REGEXP'
     Ignore changes that just insert or delete lines that match REGEXP.

`--ignore-space-change'
     Ignore changes in amount of white space.

`-l'
`--left-column'
     Print only the left column of two common lines.  

`--minimal'
     Change the algorithm to perhaps find a smaller set of changes.
     This makes `sdiff' slower (sometimes much slower).

`-o FILE'
`--output=FILE'
     Put merged output into FILE.  This option is required for merging.

`-s'
`--suppress-common-lines'
     Do not print common lines.
`--speed-large-files'
     Use heuristics to speed handling of large files that have numerous
     scattered small changes.

`-t'
     Expand tabs to spaces in the output, to preserve the alignment of
     tabs in the input files.

`--text'
     Treat all files as text and compare them line-by-line, even if they
     do not appear to be text.

`-v'
`--version'
     Output the version number of `sdiff'.

`-w COLUMNS'
`--width=COLUMNS'
     Use an output width of COLUMNS.
     Note that for historical reasons, this option is `-W' in `diff',
     `-w' in `sdiff'.

`-W'
     Ignore horizontal white space when comparing lines. 
     Note that for historical reasons, this option is `-w' in
     `diff', `-W' in `sdiff'.

Related commands:

cmp - Compare two files
diff - Display the differences between two files
diff3 - Show differences among three files

Equivalent Windows NT commands:

COMP - Compare two files and display any characters which do NOT match
FC - Compare two files and display any LINES which do not match
FIND - Search for a text string in a file
FINDSTR - Search for strings in files
MUNGE - Find and Replace text within file(s)
WINDIFF - GUI, Win 2K Resource Kit



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