diff - Command-line tool to display the differences between two files, or each corresponding file in two directories.

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Unified Patch: only use diff file

Is it possible to create a diff file that would work without having the actual files in the diff file? e.g.: I have a folder /a and a copy of a: /b. In /b I edit multiple files and create a .diff ...
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Diff: slightly different filenames, same file

I'm using diff -rq to compare directories on a Mac OS X 10.6 server. In folder1, we have 'filename'. In folder2, we have'filename.archive' because folder2 is created by a file sync app that also ...
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Is this a good way to create a patch?

I would like to create a patch from a specific gcc branch comparing it to the official releases; so when I unpack the tarball from the stable release, I can apply the patch and get the equivalent of ...
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diff files within dirs listing by date modified

I was using MELD but it can't seem to sort by modification time, so I've been looking for a way to achieve something similar in terminal. I found a line of code find /path/to/dir1 /path/to/dir2 ...
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Is there an application to find similar documents?

Is there any good software that finds groups of multiple files that are similar, or where one file includes a part of another? I have a directory with lots of files mixed up. Among the files, are ...
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What is the meaning of the -u option in the diff command? [duplicate]

In order to determine a certain file, I was told to do: ls /dev | diff -u foo. I looked the man page to the diff command up and found this annotation to the -u option: -u, -U NUM, ...
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Compare one to one lines in 2 different files using shell scripting [closed]

I have two files: File1 File2 abc abc cde cde,xyz,efg,hij,...,n efg lmn,opq,weq,...n Now I want to compare File1 line1 with File2 line1, line2 with line2 and ...
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Configuration files difference between 2 dirs of the same app

I have an application installed on 2 machines I upgraded the first application on one server and want to copy the installation from this server to the other one but there is changes in some conf ...
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How to compare two rfs directories with `diff`?

I've two RFS (RFS = Root File System) directories, which I would like to compare to each other with diff. Both directories represent an RFS of some other system, and they may contain links. If those ...
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Difference between two files

I have two files , say a & b. I want to compare both the files and get the differences in the third file along with the file name. Can anyone help me out with a simple command.
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Bash function to compare two binary files [closed]

I need a function to compare 2 binary files, here the requirements: 2 files, not 3 or 4 files can't be assumed to exist avoid running checksum (CRC/MD5/SHA/...) until one must if running multiple ...