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 Published by Pete Goodeve
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 Date Posted:   February 25th, 2004
 Last Updated:   March 3rd, 2005
 License: Other Open Source License
 Downloads: 374 total; 115 recently
 Page Views: 13,584 total
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About spiff:
A command line utility something like 'diff' -- except that it compares word sequences rather than lines. A quick port of a forgotten but invaluable BellCore program.

Once in a long while, one comes across a real lost gem. I recently had a need for a program like this and, after some fairly heavy googling, I found spiff. Its purpose is to compare word (and numeric value) sequences without regard to whitespace or newlines. It therefore works where diff doesn't  where text has been reformatted, for instance. It will even compare floating-point values with a tolerance, so you can look for significant differences in two data files.

Written over 15 years ago by a guy at BellCore, it compiled under BeOS with only a couple of trivial language updates. I haven't moved it over to my ol' BeBox yet, but the source is in the package so you can build it yourself for your machine (it also compiles on Linux...)

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Details about this version:
This is simply a repost of the orignal release for BeOS.
I unintentionally overwrote it with another program's update,
BeBits won't let me undo it (whimper...)

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Recent Talkback comments:
  • Sorry 'bout that... - Pete G.
  • oooh! I like the idea... - Daren Scot Wilson
  • Noy quite the same as diff - Pete G.

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