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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  diff  /dif/  n.  1.  A  change  listing,  especially  giving 
  differences  between  (and  additions  to)  source  code  or  documents  (the 
  term  is  often  used  in  the  plural  `diffs').  "Send  me  your  diffs  for  the 
  Jargon  File!"  Compare  {vdiff}.  2.  Specifically,  such  a  listing  produced 
  by  the  `diff(1)'  command,  esp.  when  used  as  specification  input  to  the 
  `patch(1)'  utility  (which  can  actually  perform  the  modifications;  see 
  {patch}).  This  is  a  common  method  of  distributing  patches  and  source 
  updates  in  the  Unix/C  world.  3.  v.  To  compare  (whether  or  not  by  use 
  of  automated  tools  on  machine-readable  files);  see  also  {vdiff},  {mod}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  diff 
 
  /dif/  1.  A  change  listing,  especially  giving  differences 
  between  (and  additions  to)  different  versions  of  a  piece  of 
  source  code  or  documentation  (the  term  is  often  used  in  the 
  plural  "diffs").  "Send  me  your  diffs  for  the  Jargon  File!" 
 
  Compare  {vdiff}. 
 
  2.  Specifically,  such  a  listing  produced  by  the  diff  {Unix} 
  command,  especially  when  used  as  input  to  the  {patch}  utility 
  (which  actually  performs  the  modifications).  This  is  a  common 
  method  of  distributing  patches  and  source  updates. 
 
  3.  To  compare  (whether  or  not  by  use  of  automated  tools  on 
  machine-readable  files). 
 
  See  also  {vdiff},  {mod}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-02-10) 
 
 




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