mdiff man page

mdiff — manual page for mdiff 1.2.2


mdiff [OPTION]... [FILE]...


mdiff - Studies multiple files and searches for similar sequences, it then produces possibly detailed lists of differences and similarities.

Operation modes

-v, --verbose
report a few statistics on stderr
display this help then exit
display program version then exit

Formatting output

-T, --initial-tab
produce TAB instead of initial space
-l, --paginate
paginate output through `pr'
-S, --string[=STRING]
take note of another user STRING
-V, --show-links
give file and line references in annotations
-t, --expand-tabs
expand tabs to spaces in the output


-0, --debugging
output many details about what is going on

Word mode options

-1, --no-deleted
inhibit output of deleted words
-2, --no-inserted
inhibit output of inserted words
-3, --no-common
inhibit output of common words
-A, --auto-pager
automatically calls a pager
-k, --less-mode
variation of printer mode for "less"
-m, --avoid-wraps
do not extend fields through newlines
-o, --printer
overstrike as for printers
-z, --terminal
use termcap as for terminal displays
-O, --item-regexp=REGEXP
compare items as defined by REGEXP
-W, --word-mode
compare words instead of lines

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.


Written by Franc,ois Pinard <>.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <>.


April 2014 mdiff 1.2.2 User Commands