[TAG] 2 Cent Tip: Tell diff to ignore whitespaces
Benjamin A. Okopnik
ben at linuxgazette.net
Sun Nov 13 19:22:52 MSK 2005
On Thu, Nov 10, 2005 at 05:27:39PM -0500, Suramya Tomar wrote:
> Remembered this while reading the emails going back and forth between
> Peter and Ben about diff'ing files.
> To tell diff to ignore white spaces and do a case-insensitive comparison
> use the following command:
> diff -ibw FirstFile SecondFile
> -b Ignores trailing blanks (spaces and tabs) and treats
> other strings of blanks as equivalent.
> -i Ignores the case of letters
> -w Ignores all blanks (SPACE and TAB characters) and
> treats all other strings of blanks as equivalent; for
> example, `if ( a == b )' will compare equal to
> Hope this helps.
I used to use 'mgdiff', but these days I just do 'vim -d file1 file2'.
However, the above _is_ nicely useful - thanks, Suramya!
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