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       interdiff - show differences between two diff files


       interdiff [[-p n] | [--strip-match=n]] [[-U n] | [--unified=n]] [[-d PAT] |
                 [--drop-context=PAT]] [[-q] | [--quiet]] [[-z] | [--decompress]] [[-b] |
                 [--ignore-space-change]] [[-B] | [--ignore-blank-lines]] [[-i] |
                 [--ignore-case]] [[-w] | [--ignore-all-space]] [[--interpolate] | [--combine] |
                 [--flip]] [--no-revert-omitted] diff1 diff2

       interdiff {[--help] | [--version]}


       interdiff creates a unified format diff that expresses the difference between two diffs.
       The diffs must both be relative to the same files. For best results, the diffs must have
       at least three lines of context.

       To reverse a patch, use /dev/null for diff2.

       To reduce the amount of context in a patch, use:

           interdiff -U1 /dev/null patchfile

       Since interdiff doesn't have the advantage of being able to look at the files that are to
       be modified, it has stricter requirements on the input format than patch(1) does. The
       output of GNU diff will be okay, even with extensions, but if you intend to use a
       hand-edited patch it might be wise to clean up the offsets and counts using recountdiff(1)

       Note, however, that the two patches must both be relative to the versions of the same
       original set of files.

       The diffs may be in context format. The output, however, will be in unified format.


           Ignored, for compatibility with older versions of interdiff. This option will go away

       -p n, --strip-match=n
           When comparing filenames, ignore the first n pathname components from both patches.
           (This is similar to the -p option to GNU patch(1).)

       -q, --quiet
           Quieter output. Don't emit rationale lines at the beginning of each patch.

       -U n, --unified=n
           Attempt to display n lines of context (requires at least n lines of context in both
           input files). (This is similar to the -U option to GNU diff(1).)

       -d PATTERN, --drop-context=PATTERN
           Don't display any context on files that match the shell wildcard PATTERN. This option
           can be given multiple times.

           Note that the interpretation of the shell wildcard pattern does not count slash
           characters or periods as special (in other words, no flags are given to fnmatch). This
           is so that “*/basename”-type patterns can be given without limiting the number of
           pathname components.

       -i, --ignore-case
           Consider upper- and lower-case to be the same.

       -w, --ignore-all-space
           Ignore whitespace changes in patches.

       -b, --ignore-space-change
           Ignore changes in the amount of whitespace.

       -B, --ignore-blank-lines
           Ignore changes whose lines are all blank.

       -z, --decompress
           Decompress files with extensions .gz and .bz2.

           Run as “interdiff”. This is the default.

           Run as “combinediff”. See combinediff(1) for more information about how the behaviour
           is altered in this mode.

           (For interpolation mode only) When a file is changed by the first patch but not by the
           second, don't revert that change.

           Display a short usage message.

           Display the version number of interdiff.


       Basic usage:

           interdiff -z 3.2pre1.patch.gz 3.2pre2.patch.gz

       Reversing a patch:

           interdiff patch /dev/null

       Reversing part of a patch (and ignoring the rest):

           filterdiff -i file.c patchfile | \
             interdiff /dev/stdin /dev/null


       There are currently no known bugs in interdiff; but there are some caveats. If you find a
       bug, please report it (along with a minimal test case) to Tim Waugh <>.

       There are some sets of patches in which there is just not enough information to produce a
       proper interdiff. In this case, the strategy employed is to revert the original patch and
       apply the new patch. This, unfortunately, means that interdiffs are not guaranteed to be




       Tim Waugh <>
           Package maintainer

       Michael K. Johnson <>
           Original man page contributor