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Re: How to diff a binary file?

From: Rob Helmer
Subject: Re: How to diff a binary file?
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 14:23:36 -0700
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Hi Larry,

Hmm.. I never tried forcing diff to treat a binary as text.. sounds pretty
evil :)

I guess you'd want to redirect this to a file right away if there is
likely to be one or more non-printable characters.

And then, what could one really do with this output?


On Mon, Jul 15, 2002 at 12:49:48AM -0400, Larry Jones wrote:
> George xu writes:
> > 
> >       I have a binary file in cvs, How to diff the binary file?
> With "cvs diff".  You may have to use -a (or --text) to convince diff to
> do more than just tell you they're different, and the result may or may
> not be meaningful, depending on what's really in the file.
> -Larry Jones
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