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One should be able to use GNU
diff to generate a patch from any
pair of directory trees, and given the patch and a copy of one such
patch to generate a faithful copy of the other.
Unfortunately, some changes to directory trees cannot be expressed using
current patch formats; also,
patch does not handle some of the
existing formats. These shortcomings motivate the following suggested
18.1.1 Handling Multibyte and Varying-Width Characters Handling multibyte and varying-width characters. 18.1.2 Handling Changes to the Directory Structure Handling changes to the directory structure. 18.1.3 Files that are Neither Directories Nor Regular Files Handling symbolic links, device special files, etc. 18.1.4 File Names that Contain Unusual Characters Handling file names that contain unusual characters. 18.1.5 Outputting Diffs in Time Stamp Order Outputting diffs in time stamp order. 18.1.6 Ignoring Certain Changes Ignoring certain changes while showing others. 18.1.7 Improving Performance Improving performance.
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