bdiff - Finds differences in large files
bdiff file1 file2 [number] [-s]
bdiff - file2 [number] [-s]
bdiff file1 - [number] [-s]
The bdiff command compares file1 and file2 and writes information about
their differing lines to standard output. If either filename is - (dash),
bdiff reads standard input.
-s Suppresses error messages. (May either precede or follow the number
argument if it is specified.)
The bdiff command uses diff to find lines that must be changed in two files
to make them identical (see the diff command). Its primary purpose is to
permit processing of files that are too large for diff.
The bdiff command ignores lines common to the beginning of both files,
splits the remainders into sections of number lines, and runs diff on the
sections. The output is then processed to make it look as if diff had pro-
cessed the files whole.
If you do not specify number, a system default is used. In some cases, the
number you specify or the default number may be too large for diff. If
bdiff fails, specify a smaller value for number and try again.
Note that because of file segmenting, bdiff does not necessarily find the
smallest possible set of file differences. In general, although the output
is similar, using bdiff is not the equivalent of using diff.
The diff command is executed by a child process, generated by forking, and
communicates with bdiff through pipes.
It should not normally be necessary to use this command, since diff can
handle most large files.
1 Differences found.
>>1 An error occurred.
Commands: diff(1), diff3(1)