SDIFF(1) User Commands SDIFF(1)

sdiff - side-by-side merge of file differences

sdiff [OPTION]... FILE1 FILE2

Side-by-side merge of differences between FILE1 and FILE2.

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

operate interactively, sending output to FILE
consider upper- and lower-case to be the same
ignore changes due to tab expansion
ignore white space at line end
ignore changes in the amount of white space
ignore all white space
ignore changes whose lines are all blank
ignore changes all whose lines match RE
strip trailing carriage return on input
treat all files as text
output at most NUM (default 130) print columns
output only the left column of common lines
do not output common lines
expand tabs to spaces in output
tab stops at every NUM (default 8) print columns
try hard to find a smaller set of changes
assume large files, many scattered small changes
use PROGRAM to compare files
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

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

Written by Thomas Lord.

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Copyright © 2023 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

cmp(1), diff(1), diff3(1)

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

info sdiff

should give you access to the complete manual.

May 2023 diffutils 3.10