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9.2 Merge Commands

Groups of common lines, with a blank gutter, are copied from the first file to the output. After each group of differing lines, sdiff prompts with ‘%’ and pauses, waiting for one of the following commands. Follow each command with RET.

e

Discard both versions. Invoke a text editor on an empty temporary file, then copy the resulting file to the output.

eb

Concatenate the two versions, edit the result in a temporary file, then copy the edited result to the output.

ed

Like ‘eb’, except precede each version with a header that shows what file and lines the version came from.

el
e1

Edit a copy of the left version, then copy the result to the output.

er
e2

Edit a copy of the right version, then copy the result to the output.

l
1

Copy the left version to the output.

q

Quit.

r
2

Copy the right version to the output.

s

Silently copy common lines.

v

Verbosely copy common lines. This is the default.

The text editor invoked is specified by the EDITOR environment variable if it is set. The default is system-dependent.