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Linux / Unix Command: sdiff
Command Library

NAME

sdiff - find differences between two files and merge interactively  

SYNOPSIS

sdiff -o outfile [options] from-file to-file  

DESCRIPTION

The sdiff command merges two files and interactively outputs the results 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.

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 This usage is obsolete; use diff --side-by-side instead.  

Options

Below is a summary of all of the options that GNU sdiff accepts. Each option has two equivalent names, one of which is a single letter preceded by -, and the other of which is a long name preceded by --. Multiple single letter options (unless they take an argument) can be combined into a single command line argument. Long named options can be abbreviated to any unique prefix of their name.
-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.
 

SEE ALSO

cmp(1), comm(1), diff(1), diff3(1).  

Important: Use the man command (% man) to see how a command is used on your particular computer.

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