CMP(1) User Commands CMP(1)

cmp - compare two files byte by byte

cmp [OPTION]... FILE1 [FILE2 [SKIP1 [SKIP2]]]

Compare two files byte by byte.

The optional SKIP1 and SKIP2 specify the number of bytes to skip at the beginning of each file (zero by default).

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

print differing bytes
skip first SKIP bytes of both inputs
skip first SKIP1 bytes of FILE1 and first SKIP2 bytes of FILE2
output byte numbers and differing byte values
compare at most LIMIT bytes
suppress all normal output
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

SKIP values may be followed by the following multiplicative suffixes: kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1,000,000, M 1,048,576, GB 1,000,000,000, G 1,073,741,824, and so on for T, P, E, Z, Y.

If a FILE is '-' or missing, read standard input. Exit status is 0 if inputs are the same, 1 if different, 2 if trouble.

Written by Torbjorn Granlund and David MacKenzie.

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This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

diff(1), diff3(1), sdiff(1)

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

info cmp

should give you access to the complete manual.

August 2021 diffutils 3.8