Port of OpenBSD's sdiff

Gabor Kovesdan gabor at FreeBSD.org
Fri Jun 22 22:14:36 UTC 2007

Steven Kreuzer escribió:
> Greetings-
> OpenBSD includes a version of sdiff released to the public domain.
> In a quest to remove as much GPL code from FreeBSD as possible, I
> ported it over.
> If you want to try it out, You can download the source at
> http://www.exit2shell.com/~skreuzer/code/sdiff.tar.gz
> I had a few people who are part of the NYC BSD Users Group beta 
> test it for me and so far no one has encountered any problems so 
> I thought I would pass it along to see if it would be considered 
> as a replacement for the GNU version.
> The contents of the tarball is a shar archive which extracts the 
> code in usr/src/usr.bin/sdiff and a patch the adds adds "sdiff" 
> to SUBDIR in the Makefile in usr.bin and removes "sdiff" from the 
> Makefile in gnu/usr.bin
> Questions, comments and criticisms are all welcome.
Hello Steven,

these are very good news! You might also want to take a look at 
textproc/bsddiff, textproc/bsdgrep and textproc/bsdsort. These are the 
BSD-licensed text processing tools from OpenBSD, as well, but I haven't 
looked at sdiff, yet, thus I can only tell about the former 3 ones. If 
we change to those, we should make sure, that they are compatible with 
the GNU versions as much as they can be. Thus we might need a bit of 
feature completion there. For example, we should check if the long 
command line options are available there, too. For diff, grep and sort, 
there are some of those, but they are undocumented in the manual page, 
so we have to complete the manpages, too. Now I'm busy with SoC and 
other high priority tasks, but if I have some time, I'll take a look as 
I'm also interested in getting these completed.


Gabor Kovesdan
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