diff implementation on OpenBSD has a non-standard
-d option with the following documentation:
Try very hard to produce a diff as small as possible. This may consume a lot of processing power and memory when processing large files with many changes.
diff implementation has the same option with the shorter documentation
try hard to find a smaller set of changes
From time to time I've used this option just to see if it generates output that is in any shape or form different from the same
diff command without the option, but I've never seen any difference (no pun intended).
Could someone provide or point to an example where this option actually produces a different result from the same command without
-d? Alternatively, if someone could explain the circumstances required for this option to kick in. I'm also uncertain whether "minimal" means "fewer lines of output" or "fewer hunks".
An uneducated guess is that it has to do with very large hunks.