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In Emacs, how do I inspect what has been modified in a buffer (before saving and overwriting the file)?

(In a sense, the requested action is an analog of git status and git add -i showing what has been modified, only the comparison should be done between the buffer contents (in Emacs's memory) and the file on disk.)

Sometime, I forget what has been modified in a buffer, and would like to call a command to remind me.

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Some people might even like to "bind" this behavior with the saving or killing-the-buffer command: so that the diff is demonstrated before one decides whether to save or kill the buffer (that's similar to the interactive way of how darcs record works). – imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Jun 17 '14 at 22:44
The same question at Emacs.SE has more interesting answers. – imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Jan 24 at 10:01

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I've just found it by looking through files.el where I felt there is such a command:

View the differences between BUFFER and its associated file.

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The same question at Emacs.SE has more interesting answers: ediff-current-file and highlight-changes-mode. – imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Jan 24 at 10:02

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