cmp—compares two files

cmp [ –l ] [ –s ] filename1 filename2

The two files are compared. cmp makes no comment if the files are the same; if they differ, it announces the byte and line numbers at which the first difference occurred.

Example A.13.
					cmp file.new file.old
				

Explanation

If the files differ, the character number and the line number are displayed.

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