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latexdiff - utility to mark up significant differences between LaTeX files… more info»
INTRODUCTION latexdiff is a Perl script, which compares two latex files and marks up significant differences between them (i.e. a diff for latex files). Various options are available for visual markup using standard latex packages such as "color.sty". Changes not directly affecting visible text, for example in formatting commands, are still marked in the latex source. A rudimentary revision facilility is provided by another Perl script, latexrevise, which accepts or rejects all changes. Manual editing of the difference file can be used to override this default behaviour and accept or reject selected changes only. The author is F Tilmann. REQUIREMENTS Perl 5.8 or higher must be installed. The latexdiff script makes use of the Perl package Algorithm::Diff (available from www.cpan.org, current version 1.19). You can either install this package, or use the standalone version of latexdiff, latexdiff-so, which has version 1.15 of this package inlined and does not require external installation of the package. Because latexdiff uses internal functions of Algorithm:Diff whose calling format or availability can change without notice, the preferred method is now to use the standalone version. As an alternative, latexdiff-fast has a modified version of Algorithm::Diff inlined, which internally uses the UNIX diff command. This version is much faster but is dependent on an external "diff" command. Subtle differences in the algorithm of Algorithm::Diff and UNIX-diff mean that the resulting set of differences will generally not be the same as for the standard latexdiff. In most practical cases, these differences are minor, though. INSTALLATION UNIX/LINUX The basic installation procedure is almost trivial: 1. Copy latexdiff, latexrevise and latexdiff-vc into a directory which is in the search path and make them executable. If the Algorithm::Diff package is not installed, use latexdiff-so instead of latexdiff. 2. Copy latexdiff.1 and latexrevise.1 into the correct man directory 3. Optionally create soft links latexdiff-cvs latexdiff-rcs, and latexdiff-svn for latexdiff-vc. The attached Makefile contains example commands to carry out above steps as root for a typical UNIX installation. Type make install (for the stand alone version) or make install-ext (for the version using the external Algorithm::Diff) or make install-fast (for the version using the UNIX 'diff' function for fast differencing) to get it rolling. You can type make test or make test-ext or make test-fast to test the respective versions on a brief example before installation DOCUMENTATION: Usage instructions are in the manual latexdiff-man.pdf as well as the man pages. CONTRIBUTIONS The directory contrib contains code written by others relating to latexdiff. Currently this directory contains: latexdiff-wrap (Author: V. Kuhlmann) An alternative wrapper script which can be used instead of latexdiff-vc. Its main use is as a template for customised wrapper scripts. latexdiff.spec (Author: T. Doerges) spec file for RPM generation The following contributions were incorporated into the latexdiff code, or inspired me to extend latexdiff in a similar way: J. Paisley, N. Becker, K. Huebner LICENSE This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 2 as published by the Free Software Foundation. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details (file LICENSE in the distribution).