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       flipdiff [-p n] [-U n] [-Bbiwz] [--in-place] diff1 diff2

       flipdiff {--help | --version}


       flipdiff exchanges the order of two patch files that apply
       one after the other. The patches must  be  ``clean'':  the
       context   lines   must   match  and  there  should  be  no
       mis-matched offsets.

       The swapped patches are sent to standard  output,  with  a
       marker   line  (``===¬ 8<¬ ===¬ cut¬ here¬ ===¬ 8<¬ ==='')
       between them, unless the --in-place option is  passed.  In
       that  case, the output is written back to the original in≠
       put files.


       -p n   When comparing filenames, ignore the first n  path≠
              name components from both patches. (This is similar
              to the -p option to GNU patch(1).)

       -U n   Attempt to display n lines of context (requires  at
              least  n  lines  of  context  in both input files).
              (This is similar to the -U option to GNU  diff(1).)

       -d pattern
              Don't  display  any context on files that match the
              shell wildcard pattern. This option  can  be  given
              multiple times.

              Note  that the interpretation of the shell wildcard
              pattern does not count slash characters or  periods
              as  special  (in other words, no flags are given to
              fnmatch). This is so that ``*/basename''-type  pat≠
              terns  can  be given without limiting the number of
              pathname components.

       -i     Consider upper- and lower-case to be the same.

       -w     Ignore whitespace changes in patches.

       -b     Ignore changes in the amount of whitespace.

              Display the version number of flipdiff.


       This is only been very lightly tested, and  may  not  even
       work. Using --in-place is not recommended at the moment.

       There  are some cases in which it is not possible to mean≠
       ingfully flip patches without understanding the  semantics
       of the content. This program only uses complete lines that
       appear at some stage during the  application  of  the  two
       patches, and never composes a line from parts.

       Because  of  this,  it  is  generally  a good idea to read
       through the output to check that it makes sense.


       Tim Waugh <twaugh@redhat.com>.

patchutils               31 January 2003              FLIPDIFF(1)

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