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CMP(1) BSD General Commands Manual CMP(1)
cmp -- compare two files
cmp [-l | -s] file1 file2 [skip1 [skip2]]
The cmp utility compares two files of any type and writes the results to the standard out-
put. By default, cmp is silent if the files are the same; if they differ, the byte and line
number at which the first difference occurred is reported.
Bytes and lines are numbered beginning with one.
The following options are available:
-l Print the byte number (decimal) and the differing byte values (octal) for each differ-
-s Print nothing for differing files; return exit status only.
The optional arguments skip1 and skip2 are the byte offsets from the beginning of file1 and
file2, respectively, where the comparison will begin. The offset is decimal by default, but
may be expressed as an hexadecimal or octal value by preceding it with a leading ``0x'' or
The cmp utility exits with one of the following values:
0 The files are identical.
1 The files are different; this includes the case where one file is identical to the
first part of the other. In the latter case, if the -s option has not been specified,
cmp writes to standard output that EOF was reached in the shorter file (before any
differences were found).
>1 An error occurred.
The cmp utility is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compatible.
BSD June 6, 1993 BSD
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