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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for diff3 (opensolaris section 1)

diff3(1)							   User Commands							  diff3(1)

NAME
diff3 - 3-way differential file comparison
SYNOPSIS
diff3 [-exEX3] filename1 filename2 filename3
DESCRIPTION
diff3 compares three versions of a file. It publishes disagreeing ranges of text flagged with the following codes: ==== all three files differ ====1 filename1is different ====2 filename2is different ====3 filename3is different The type of change suffered in converting a given range of a given file to some other is indicated in one of the following ways: f : n1 a Text is to be appended after line number n1 in file f, where f = 1, 2, or 3. f : n1 , n2 c Text is to be changed in the range line n1 to line n2. If n1 = n2, the range can be abbreviated to n1. The original contents of the range follows immediately after a c indication. When the contents of two files are identical, the contents of the lower-numbered file is suppressed. The following command applies the resulting script to filename1. (cat script; echo a'1,$pa') | ed - filename1
OPTIONS
The following options are supported: -e Produce a script for the ed(1) editor that incorporates into filename1 all changes between filename2 and filename3 (that is, the changes that normally would be flagged ==== and ====3). Text lines that consist of a single dot (. defeat the -e option. -E Produce a script that incorporates all changes between filename2 and filename3, but treat overlapping changes (that is, changes that would be flagged with ==== in the normal listing) differently. The overlapping lines from both files are inserted by the edit script, bracketed by <<<<<< and >>>>>> lines. -x Produce a script to incorporate only changes flagged ====. -X Produce a script that incorporates only changes flagged ====, but treat these changes in the manner of the -E option. -3 Produce a script to incorporate only changes flagged ====3.
USAGE
See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of diff3 when encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2^31 bytes).
FILES
/tmp/d3* /usr/lib/diff3prog
EXIT STATUS
The following exit values are returned: 0 Successful completion. 1 An error occurred. A difference was found or there was a fatal error. >1 A fatal error occurred. Return values do not work the same as diff(1) or other vendor's versions of diff3.
ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWesc | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |CSI |Enabled | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
SEE ALSO
diff(1), attributes(5), largefile(5)
NOTES
Files longer than 64 Kbytes do not work. SunOS 5.11 7 Nov 2005 diff3(1)