VBinDiff - Visual Binary Diff
Visual Binary Diff (VBinDiff) displays files in hexadecimal and ASCII (or EBCDIC). It can also display two files at once, and highlight the differences between them. Unlike diff, it works well with large files (up to 4 GB).
The single-file mode was inspired by the LIST utility of 4DOS and friends. While less provides a good line-oriented display, it has no equivalent to LIST's hex display. (True, you can pipe the file through hexdump, but that's incredibly inefficient on multi-gigabyte files.)
Working with This Repository
This repository uses a submodule to pull in my Free GetOpt package, which makes it a bit trickier to get started with than the average Git repository. Here's how to get started.
- Clone this repository and
git submodule update --init
- If you're working on a Unix system, run
Now you're ready to use the normal
./configure && make process on Unix, or open
win32/vbindiff.dsw on Windows.
To build the documentation, you'll also need Perl, Date::Format, and Template-Toolkit. For Windows, I recommend Strawberry Perl, which comes with the necessary modules. On Unix, your distro may have packages, or you can install from CPAN. Package names for some distros are:
- Arch Linux:
perl perl-template-toolkit perl-timedate
- Gentoo Linux:
dev-lang/perl dev-perl/Template-Toolkit dev-perl/TimeDate
perl libtemplate-perl libtimedate-perl
If you're developing on Unix, I suggest you also
cp -a tools/post-commit .git/hooks/. That hook will touch
configure.ac after each commit that modifies it, causing
configure to be regenerated and making
AC_REVISION reflect the new commit.
Copyright and License
Visual Binary Diff is copyright 1995-2013 by Christopher J. Madsen
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.