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gdiffmk (1)


gdiffmk - Man page for 'gdiffmk' in section 1


gdiffmk [ -aaddmark ] [ -cchangemark ] [ -ddeletemark ] [ -D [ -B ]
[ -Mmark1 mark2 ] ] [ -xdiffcmd ] [ -- ] [ --help ]
[ --version ] file1 file2 [ output ]


GDIFFMK(1)                  General Commands Manual                 GDIFFMK(1)

       gdiffmk [ -aaddmark ] [ -cchangemark ] [ -ddeletemark ] [ -D [ -B ]
               [ -Mmark1 mark2 ] ] [ -xdiffcmd ] [ -- ] [ --help ]
               [ --version ] file1 file2 [ output ]

       gdiffmk  compares  two groff(1), nroff(1), or troff(1) documents, file1
       and file2, and creates an output which  is  file2  with  added  `margin
       character' (.mc) commands that indicate the differences.

       If  the output filename is present, the output is written there.  If it
       is - or absent the output is written to the standard output.

       If the file1 or file2 argument is - the standard input is read for that
       input.  Clearly both cannot be -.

       Note that the output is not necessarily compatible with all macro pack-
       ages and all preprocessors.  See the BUGS section below.

              Use the addmark for source lines not in  file1  but  present  in
              file2.  Default: +.

       -B     By  default,  the deleted texts marked by the -D option end with
              an added troff break command, .br, to ensure that the  deletions
              are  marked  properly.   This  is the only way to guarantee that
              deletions and small changes get flagged.   This  option  directs
              the program not to insert these breaks; it makes no sense to use
              it without -D.

              Use the changemark for changed source lines.  Default: |.

              Use the deletemark for deleted source lines.  Default: *.

       -D     Show  the  deleted  portions  from  changed  and  deleted  text.
              Default delimiting marks: [[ ... ]].

       -Mmark1 mark2
              Change  the  delimiting  marks  for  the -D option.  It makes no
              sense to use this option without -D.

              Use the diffcmd command to perform the comparison of  file1  and
              file2.  In particular, diffcmd should accept the GNU diff -Dname
              option.  Default: diff(1).

       --     All the following arguments are treated as file names,  even  if
              they begin with -.

       --help Print a usage message on standard error output and exit.

              Print version information on the standard output and exit.

       The  output  is  not necessarily compatible with all macro packages and
       all preprocessors.  A workaround that is often successful against  pre-
       processor  problems  is  to  run  gdiffmk on the output of all the pre-
       processors instead of the input source.

       gdiffmk relies on the -Dname option of GNU diff(1)  to  make  a  merged
       `#ifdef'  output  format.  It hasn't been tested whether other versions
       of diff(1) do support this option.  See also the -xdiffcmd option.

       Report bugs to <bug-groff@gnu.org>.  Include a complete, self-contained
       example that will allow the bug to be reproduced, and say which version
       of gdiffmk you are using.

       Copyright (C) 2004-2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       This file is part of the gdiffmk utility, which is  part  of  groff,  a
       free software project.

       You  can  redistribute and/or modify gdiffmk under the terms of the GNU
       General Public License as published by the  Free  Software  Foundation,
       either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

       gdiffmk  is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
       ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of  MERCHANTABILITY  or
       FITNESS  FOR  A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License
       for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
       with this program.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

       This document was written and is maintained by Mike Bianchi

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | text/groff/groff-core |
       |Stability      | Uncommitted           |

       groff(1), nroff(1), gtroff(1), diff(1)

       Source  code  for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This     software     was    built    from    source    available    at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.   The  original   community
       source                was                downloaded                from

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://www.gnu.org/software/groff.

Groff Version 1.22.3            4 November 2014                     GDIFFMK(1)