DIFFSTAT

NAME
USAGE
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
ENVIRONMENT
FILES
BUGS
SEE ALSO
AUTHOR

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).