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mdiff: manual page for mdiff 1.2.2


mdiff - manual page for mdiff 1.2.2


mdiff [,OPTION/]... [,FILE/]...


mdiff - Studies multiple files and searches for similar sequences, it then produces possibly detailed lists of differences and similarities.

Operation modes:

-v, --verbose
report a few statistics on stderr
display this help then exit
display program version then exit

Formatting output:

-T, --initial-tab
produce TAB instead of initial space
-l, --paginate
paginate output through `pr'
-S, --string[=,STRING/]
take note of another user STRING
-V, --show-links
give file and line references in annotations
-t, --expand-tabs
expand tabs to spaces in the output


-0, --debugging
output many details about what is going on

Word mode options:

-1, --no-deleted
inhibit output of deleted words
-2, --no-inserted
inhibit output of inserted words
-3, --no-common
inhibit output of common words
-A, --auto-pager
automatically calls a pager
-k, --less-mode
variation of printer mode for "less"
-m, --avoid-wraps
do not extend fields through newlines
-o, --printer
overstrike as for printers
-z, --terminal
use termcap as for terminal displays
-O, --item-regexp=,REGEXP/
compare items as defined by REGEXP
-W, --word-mode
compare words instead of lines

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.


Written by Franc,ois Pinard <pinard [at]>.


Report bugs to <wdiff-bugs [at]>.


Copyright © 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


The full documentation for mdiff is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and mdiff programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info mdiff

should give you access to the complete manual.