kompare is a GUI front end for file comparison tools such as
comm. While programs like
diff are Linux essentials, their output is console based and in many instances is used by other tools. On the other hand, KDE
kompare front end is well suited for the end user. It has an extremely neat interface with side by side comparison of two files, where differences are highlighted using different colors for deletions, changes and insertions. An example screenshot of KDE
kompare is shown below. Two LATEX2e files are compared,
paper_new.tex. Both files are located in
/tmp directory. In this example the following shell command was used to launch KDE
kompare /tmp/paper_old.tex /tmp/paper_new.tex
This tool makes it very quick and easy to spot differences between two files. This improves productivity quite a lot. I well recommend it!
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