Binary package “diff” in ubuntu hardy

File comparison utilities

 The diff package provides the diff, diff3, sdiff, and cmp programs.
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 `diff' shows differences between two files, or each corresponding file
 in two directories. `cmp' shows the offsets and line numbers where
 two files differ. `cmp' can also show all the characters that
 differ between the two files, side by side. `diff3' shows differences
 among three files. `sdiff' merges two files interactively.
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 The set of differences produced by `diff' can be used to distribute
 updates to text files (such as program source code) to other people.
 This method is especially useful when the differences are small compared
 to the complete files. Given `diff' output, the `patch' program can
 update, or "patch", a copy of the file.