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Re: diff: bad treatment of symlinks

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: diff: bad treatment of symlinks
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:41:07 +0200
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"Andries E. Brouwer" <address@hidden> writes:

> You are mistaken: diff -r tree1 tree2 operates on filesystem trees
> containing all kinds of files.

When both files with the same name are plain files then diff shall
display their differences in contents.  Since plain diff always follows
symlinks, it makes more sense for diff -r to do it too (POSIX makes this
implementation-defined though).


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