Author image Jeremy Squires
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NAME

inidiff - generate the differences between two .ini files

SYNOPSYS

inidiff [-q] [-V] [-i] [-M] [-c] [-o outfile] file1 file2

DESCRIPTION

inidiff reads the two specified .ini files and prints the differences between the two.

The output is suitable for use with the iniedit program. Either of file1 or file2 may be "-", indicating standard input should be read.

The output consists of key names in brackets followed by the fields that have been added or changed in that key.

Keys are separated by blank lines.

Deleted keys are indicated by a minus at the end of the line containing the key name, while deleted fields are indicated by a minus after the field name (there is no equals or value after the field name).

New keys and fields are preceded by comments indicating they are new. Changed fields are preceded by comments indicating the previous value of the field.

All output lines end in a carriage return.

See iniedit for information about the format of .ini files and .ini patch files.

Terminology NOTE: The following naming convention is used here:

        [key] entry=value

Whereas in other documentation of INI files the naming convention is:

        [section] key=value

OPTIONS

-q

Suppresses the generation of comments indicating new keys and fields, and previous values of existing and deleted fields.

-V

Prints the version number - the program then exits immediately.

-i

Ignores case in values for comparison purposes (always does so for key names anyway).

-M

Add ^M to output to support old (pre-NT) Windows/DOS systems.

-c

Strip trailing inline comments after semicolon.

-o file

Allows an output file to be specified. "-" means write to stdout.

KNOWN BUGS

The only (known) problem with inidiff (and patch files) is that they don't handle changes to keys which have multiple fields with the same name. This kind of thing doesn't seem too common, so it hasn't been a problem.

SEE ALSO

inicat, iniedit, inifilter.

AUTHOR

    Michael Rendell, Memorial University of Newfoundland

MAINTAINERS

    Jeremy Squires <j.squires at computer.org>

SOURCE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    Michael Rendell, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    produced the first version of the Regutils package from which
    this package was derived.

BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-app-inidiff-inifile at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at https://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=App-IniDiff-IniFile. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

SUPPORT

You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc App::IniDiff::IniFile

You can also look for information at:

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

This software is Copyright (c) 1998 Memorial University of Newfoundland

This is free software, licensed under:

The GNU General Public License, Version 3, July 2007

See LICENSE