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Comparing and Merging Files

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2. diff Output Formats

diff has several mutually exclusive options for output format. The following sections describe each format, illustrating how diff reports the differences between two sample input files.

2.1 Two Sample Input Files  Sample diff input files for examples.
2.2 Showing Differences Without Context  Showing differences without surrounding text.
2.3 Showing Differences in Their Context  Showing differences with the surrounding text.
2.4 Showing Differences Side by Side  Showing differences in two columns.
2.5 Making Edit Scripts  Generating scripts for other programs.
2.6 Merging Files with If-then-else  Merging files with if-then-else.

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