kdiff3 man page

kdiff3 — compares two or three input files or directories


kdiff3 [QT options]  [KDE options]  [kdiff3 options]  [File1]  [File2]  [File3]  


This manual page documents briefly the  kdiff3 tool.

This manual page was written for the Debian distribution  because the original program does not have a manual page.  For comprehensive help, please see khelpcenter help:/kdiff3.

kdiff3 is a program that


compares two or three input files  


shows the differences line by line and character by character  


provides an automatic merge-facility and  


an integrated editor for comfortable solving of merge-conflicts  


and has an intuitive graphical user interface  


and allows directory comparison and merge.  


This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax,  with long options starting with two dashes (`-').  A summary of  options is included below. For a full summary of options, run  kdiff3 --help.

-m, --merge        

Merge the input.

-b, --base file        

Explicit base file. For compatibility with certain tools.

-o, --output file        

Output file. Implies -m. E.g.: -o newfile.txt

--out file        

Output file, again. (For compatibility with certain tools.)


No GUI if all conflicts are auto-solvable. (Needs -o file)


Don't solve conflicts automatically. (For compatibility...)

--fname alias        

Visible name replacement. Supply this once for every input.

-v, --version        

Show version of program.    


This manual page was written by Eike Sauer <eikes@cs.tu-berlin.de> for  the Debian system (but may be used by others).  Permission is  granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under  the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2  (or, at your option, any later version published by the Free  Software Foundation).

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public  License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.

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