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NAME
       cmp - compare two files byte by byte

SYNOPSIS
       cmp [OPTION]... FILE1 [FILE2 [SKIP1 [SKIP2]]]

DESCRIPTION
       Compare two files byte by byte.

       -b  --print-bytes
              Print differing bytes.

       -i SKIP  --ignore-initial=SKIP
              Skip the first SKIP bytes of input.

       -i SKIP1:SKIP2  --ignore-initial=SKIP1:SKIP2

              Skip the first SKIP1 bytes of FILE1 and the first SKIP2 bytes of FILE2.

       -l  --verbose
              Output byte numbers and values of all differing bytes.

       -n LIMIT  --bytes=LIMIT
              Compare at most LIMIT bytes.

       -s  --quiet  --silent
              Output nothing; yield exit status only.

       -v  --version
              Output version info.

       --help Output this help.

       SKIP1  and  SKIP2  are  the number of bytes to skip in each file.  SKIP values may be followed by the following
       multiplicative suffixes: kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1,000,000, M 1,048,576, GB 1,000,000,000, G 1,073,741,824, and  so
       on for T, P, E, Z, Y.

       If a FILE is '-' or missing, read standard input.

AUTHOR
       Written by Torbjorn Granlund and David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-gnu-utilsATgnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       This  program comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.  You may redistribute copies of this pro-
       gram under the terms of the GNU General Public License.  For more information about these matters, see the file
       named COPYING.

SEE ALSO
       The  full  documentation  for cmp is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and cmp programs are properly
       installed at your site, the command

              info diff

       should give you access to the complete manual.



diffutils 2.8.1                  November 2010                          CMP(1)