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ColorDiff is a wrapper for diff that produces the same output as diff, but with coloured syntax highlighting at the command line to improve readability. The output is similar to a diff-generated patch in Vim or Emacs with the appropriate syntax highlighting options enabled. The colour schemes can be read from a central configuration file or from a local user ~/.colordiffrc file. 'colordiff' makes use of ANSI colours and therefore will only work when ANSI colours can be used.


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey16 July 2003

Leaders and contributors

Dave Ewart Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail
Help Mailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build make
Required to use Perl; an ANSI-colour enabled terminal

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 29 March 2005.


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