diffstat

DIFFSTAT(1)                 General Commands Manual                DIFFSTAT(1)



NAME
       diffstat - make histogram from diff-output

USAGE
       diffstat [options] [file-specifications]

SYNOPSIS
       This program reads the output of diff and displays a histogram of the
       insertions, deletions, and modifications per-file.

DESCRIPTION
       Diffstat is a program that is useful for reviewing large, complex patch
       files.  It reads from one or more input files which contain output from
       diff, producing a histogram of the total lines changed for each file
       referenced.

       Diffstat recognizes the most popular types of output from diff:

              unified
                     preferred by the patch utility.

              context
                     best for readability, but not very compact.

              default
                     not good for much, but simple to generate.

       Diffstat detects the lines that are output by diff to tell which files
       are compared, and then counts the markers in the first column that
       denote the type of change (insertion, deletion or modification).  These
       are shown in the histogram as "+", "-" and "!" characters.

       If no filename is given on the command line, diffstat reads the
       differences from the standard input.

OPTIONS
       -n number
              specify the minimum width used for filenames.  If you don't
              specify this, diffstat uses the length of the longest filename,
              after stripping common prefixes.

       -p number
              override the logic that strips common pathnames, simulating the
              patch "-p" option.

       -V     prints the current version number

       -w number
              specify the maximum width of the histogram.  The plot will never
              be shorter than 10 columns, just in case the filenames get too
              large.

ENVIRONMENT
       Diffstat runs in a portable UNIX® environment.

FILES
       Diffstat is a single binary module, which uses no auxiliary files.

BUGS
       Diffstat makes a lot of assumptions about the format of a diff file.

       There's no easy way to determine the degree of overlap between the
       "before" and "after" displays of modified lines.

SEE ALSO
       diff (1).

AUTHOR
       Thomas Dickey (dickey@clark.net).



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