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VIMDIFF(1)                                                                                        VIMDIFF(1)

       vimdiff - edit two, three or four versions of a file with Vim and show differences

       vimdiff [options] file1 file2 [file3 [file4]]


       Vimdiff  starts Vim on two (or three or four) files.  Each file gets its own window.  The differences
       between the files are highlighted.  This is a nice way to inspect changes and to  move  changes  from
       one version to another version of the same file.

       See vim(1) for details about Vim itself.

       When started as gvimdiff the GUI will be started, if available.

       In each window the 'diff' option will be set, which causes the differences to be highlighted.
       The 'wrap' and 'scrollbind' options are set to make the text look good.
       The  'foldmethod'  option  is  set  to  "diff", which puts ranges of lines without changes in a fold.
       'foldcolumn' is set to two to make it easy to spot the folds and open or close them.

       Vertical splits are used to align the lines, as if the "-O" argument was  used.   To  use  horizontal
       splits instead, use the "-o" argument.

       For all other arguments see vim(1).


       Most  of Vim was made by Bram Moolenaar, with a lot of help from others.  See ":help credits" in Vim.

                                                2001 March 30                                     VIMDIFF(1)

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