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latexdiff(1)                                                      latexdiff(1)


       latexdiff - determine and markup differences between two latex files


       latexdiff [ OPTIONS ] old.tex new.tex > diff.tex


       Briefly, latexdiff is a utility program to aid in the management of
       revisions of latex documents. It compares two valid latex files, here
       called "old.tex" and "new.tex", finds significant differences between
       them (i.e., ignoring the number of white spaces and position of line
       breaks), and adds special commands to highlight the differences.  Where
       visual highlighting is not possible, e.g. for changes in the
       formatting, the differences are nevertheless marked up in the source.
       Note that old.tex and new.tex need to be real files (not pipes or
       similar) as they are opened twice (unless "--encoding" option is used)

       The program treats the preamble differently from the main document.
       Differences between the preambles are found using line-based
       differencing (similarly to the Unix diff command, but ignoring white
       spaces).  A comment, ""%DIF >"" is appended to each added line, i.e. a
       line present in "new.tex" but not in "old.tex".  Discarded lines
        are deactivated by prepending ""%DIF <"". Changed blocks are preceded
       by comment lines giving information about line numbers in the original
       files.  Where there are insignificant differences, the resulting file
       "diff.tex" will be similar to "new.tex".  At the end of the preamble,
       the definitions for latexdiff markup commands are inserted.  In
       differencing the main body of the text, latexdiff attempts to satisfy
       the following guidelines (in order of priority):

       1. If both "old.tex" and "new.tex" are valid LaTeX, then the resulting
          "diff.tex" should also be valid LateX. (NB If a few plain TeX
          commands are used within "old.tex" or "new.tex" then "diff.tex" is
          not guaranteed to work but usually will).

       2. Significant differences are determined on the level of individual
          words. All significant differences, including differences between
          comments should be clearly marked in the resulting source code

       3. If a changed passage contains text or text-producing commands, then
          running "diff.tex" through LateX should produce output where added
          and discarded passages are highlighted.

       4. Where there are insignificant differences, e.g. in the positioning
          of line breaks, "diff.tex" should follow the formatting of "new.tex"

       For differencing the same algorithm as diff is used but words instead
       of lines are compared.  An attempt is made to recognize blocks which
       are completely changed such that they can be marked up as a unit.
       Comments are differenced line by line but the number of spaces within
       comments is ignored. Commands including all their arguments are
       generally compared as one unit, i.e., no mark-up is inserted into the
       arguments of commands.  However, for a selected number of commands (for
       example, "\caption" and all sectioning commands) the last argument is
       known to be text. This text is split into words and differenced just as
       ordinary text (use options to show and change the list of text
       commands, see below). As the algorithm has no detailed knowledge of
       LaTeX, it assumes all pairs of curly braces immediately following a
       command (i.e. a sequence of letters beginning with a backslash) are
       arguments for that command.  As a restriction to condition 1 above it
       is thus necessary to surround all arguments with curly braces, and to
       not insert extraneous spaces.  For example, write

         \section{\textem{This is an emphasized section title}}

       and not

         \section {\textem{This is an emphasized section title}}


         \section\textem{This is an emphasized section title}

       even though all varieties are the same to LaTeX (but see --allow-spaces
       option which allows the second variety).

       For environments whose content does not conform to standard LaTeX or
       where graphical markup does not make sense all markup commands can be
       removed by setting the PICTUREENV configuration variable, set by
       default to "picture" and "DIFnomarkup" environments; see --config
       option).  The latter environment ("DIFnomarkup") can be used to protect
       parts of the latex file where the markup results in illegal markup. You
       have to surround the offending passage in both the old and new file by
       "\begin{DIFnomarkup}" and "\end{DIFnomarkup}". You must define the
       environment in the preambles of both old and new documents. I prefer to
       define it as a null-environment,


       but the choice is yours.  Any markup within the environment will be
       removed, and generally everything within the environment will just be
       taken from the new file.

       It is also possible to difference files which do not have a preamble.
        In this case, the file is processed in the main document mode, but the
       definitions of the markup commands are not inserted.

       All markup commands inserted by latexdiff begin with ""\DIF"".  Added
       blocks containing words, commands or comments which are in "new.tex"
       but not in "old.tex" are marked by "\DIFaddbegin" and "\DIFaddend".
       Discarded blocks are marked by "\DIFdelbegin" and "\DIFdelend".  Within
       added blocks all text is highlighted with "\DIFadd" like this:
       "\DIFadd{Added text block}" Selected `safe' commands can be contained
       in these text blocks as well (use options to show and change the list
       of safe commands, see below).  All other commands as well as braces "{"
       and "}" are never put within the scope of "\DIFadd".  Added comments
       are marked by prepending ""%DIF > "".

       Within deleted blocks text is highlighted with "\DIFdel".  Deleted
       comments are marked by prepending ""%DIF < "".  Non-safe command and
       curly braces within deleted blocks are commented out with
       ""%DIFDELCMD < "".


       The following options determine the visual markup style by adding the
       appropriate command definitions to the preamble. See the end of this
       section for a description of available styles.

       --type=markupstyle or -t markupstyle
           Add code to preamble for selected markup style. This option defines
           "\DIFadd" and "\DIFdel" commands.  Available styles:


           [ Default: "UNDERLINE" ]

       --subtype=markstyle or -s markstyle
           Add code to preamble for selected style for bracketing commands
           (e.g. to mark changes in  margin). This option defines
           "\DIFaddbegin", "\DIFaddend", "\DIFdelbegin" and "\DIFdelend"
           commands.  Available styles: "SAFE MARGIN COLOR DVIPSCOL  ZLABEL

           [ Default: "SAFE" ] * Subtype "LABEL" is deprecated

       --floattype=markstyle or -f markstyle
           Add code to preamble for selected style which replace standard
           marking and markup commands within floats (e.g., marginal remarks
           cause an error within floats so marginal marking can be disabled
           thus). This option defines all "\DIF...FL" commands.  Available

           [ Default: "FLOATSAFE" ]

       --encoding=enc or -e enc
           Specify encoding of old.tex and new.tex. Typical encodings are
           "ascii", "utf8", "latin1", "latin9".  A list of available encodings
           can be obtained by executing

           "perl -MEncode -e 'print join ("\n",Encode-"encodings( ":all" )) ;'

           If this option is used, then old.tex, new.tex are only opened once.
           [Default encoding is utf8 unless the first few lines of the
           preamble contain an invocation "\usepackage[..]{inputenc}" in which
           case the encoding chosen by this command is asssumed. Note that
           ASCII (standard latex) is a subset of utf8]

       --preamble=file or -p file
           Insert file at end of preamble instead of generating preamble.  The
           preamble must define the following commands "\DIFaddbegin,
           \DIFaddend, \DIFadd{..}, \DIFdelbegin,\DIFdelend,\DIFdel{..}," and
           varieties for use within floats "\DIFaddbeginFL, \DIFaddendFL,
           \DIFaddFL{..}, \DIFdelbeginFL, \DIFdelendFL, \DIFdelFL{..}" (If
           this option is set -t, -s, and -f options are ignored.)

           Tell latexdiff that .tex file is processed with the packages in
           list loaded.  This is normally not necessary if the .tex file
           includes the preamble, as the preamble is automatically scanned for
           "\usepackage" commands.  Use of the --packages option disables
           automatic scanning, so if for any reason package specific parsing
           needs to be switched off, use --packages=none.  The following
           packages trigger special behaviour:

                   Configuration variable MATHARRREPL is set to "align*"
                   (Default: "eqnarray*"). (Note that many of the amsmath
                   array environments are already recognised by default as

                   Ensure that "\begin{figure}" and "\end{figure}" always
                   appear by themselves on a line.

                   Change name of "\DIFadd" and "\DIFdel" commands to
                   "\DIFaddtex" and "\DIFdeltex" and define new "\DIFadd" and
                   "\DIFdel" commands, which provide a wrapper for these
                   commands, using them for the text but not for the link
                   defining command (where any markup would cause errors).

           "apacite", "biblatex"
                   Redefine the commands recognised as citation commands.

                   Treat "\SI" as equivalent to citation commands (i.e.
                   protect with "\mbox" if markup style uses ulem package.

                   Treat "\cref,\Cref", etc as equivalent to citation commands
                   (i.e. protect with "\mbox" if markup style uses ulem

                   Define most of the glossaries commands as safe, protecting
                   them with \mbox'es where needed

                   Treat "\ce" as a safe command, i.e. it will be highlighted
                   (note that "\cee" will not be highlighted in equations as
                   this leads to processing errors)

           "chemformula" or "chemmacros"
                   Treat "\ch" as a safe command outside equations, i.e. it
                   will be highlighted (note that "\ch" will not be
                   highlighted in equations as this leads to processing

           [ Default: scan the preamble for "\usepackage" commands to
             loaded packages. ]

           Print generated or included preamble commands to stdout.

       --exclude-safecmd=exclude-file or -A exclude-file or
       --append-safecmd=append-file or -a append-file or
           Exclude from, replace or append to the list of regular expressions
           (RegEx) matching commands which are safe to use within the scope of
           a "\DIFadd" or "\DIFdel" command.  The file must contain one Perl-
           RegEx per line (Comment lines beginning with # or % are ignored).
           Note that the RegEx needs to match the whole of the token, i.e.,
           /^regex$/ is implied and that the initial "\" of the command is not
           included.  The --exclude-safecmd and --append-safecmd options can
           be combined with the ---replace-safecmd option and can be used
           repeatedly to add cumulatively to the lists.
            --exclude-safecmd and --append-safecmd can also take a comma
           separated list as input. If a comma for one of the regex is
           required, escape it thus "\,". In most cases it will be necessary
           to protect the comma-separated list from the shell by putting it in
           quotation marks.

       --exclude-textcmd=exclude-file or -X exclude-file or
       --append-textcmd=append-file or -x append-file or
           Exclude from, replace or append to the list of regular expressions
           matching commands whose last argument is text.  See entry for
           --exclude-safecmd directly above for further details.

       --append-context1cmd=append-file or
           Replace or append to the list of regex matching commands whose last
           argument is text but which require a particular context to work,
           e.g. "\caption" will only work within a figure or table.  These
           commands behave like text commands, except when they occur in a
           deleted section, when they are disabled, but their argument is
           shown as deleted text.

       --append-context2cmd=append-file or
           As corresponding commands for context1.  The only difference is
           that context2 commands are completely disabled in deleted sections,
           including their arguments.

           context2 commands are also the only commands in the preamble, whose
           argument will be processed in word-by-word mode (which only works,
           if they occur no more than once in the preamble). The algorithm
           currently cannot cope with repeated context2 commands in the
           preamble, as they occur e.g. for the "\author" argument in some
           journal styles (not in the standard styles, though If such a
           repetition is detected, the whole preamble will be processed in
           line-by-line mode. In such a case, use "--replace-context2cmd"
           option to just select the commands, which should be processed and
           are not used repeatedly in the preamble.

       --exclude-mboxsafecmd=exclude-file or
       --append-mboxsafecmd=append-file or
           Define safe commands, which additionally need to be protected by
           encapsulating in an "\mbox{..}". This is sometimes needed to get
           around incompatibilities between external packages and the ulem
           package, which is  used for highlighting in the default style

       --config var1=val1,var2=val2,... or -c var1=val1,..
       -c configfile
           Set configuration variables.  The option can be repeated to set
           different variables (as an alternative to the comma-separated
           list).  Available variables (see below for further explanations):

           "ARRENV" (RegEx)

           "COUNTERCMD" (RegEx)

           "CUSTODIFCMD" (RegEx)

           "FLOATENV" (RegEx)

           "ITEMCMD" (RegEx)

           "LISTENV"  (RegEx)

           "MATHARRENV" (RegEx)

           "MATHARRREPL" (String)

           "MATHENV" (RegEx)

           "MATHREPL" (String)

           "MINWORDSBLOCK" (Integer)

           "PICTUREENV" (RegEx)

           "SCALEDELGRAPHICS" (Float)

       --add-to-config varenv1=pattern1,varenv2=pattern2,...
           For configuration variables, which are a regular expression
           (essentially those ending in ENV, COUNTERCMD and CUSTOMDIFCMD, see
           list above) this option provides an alternative way to modify the
           configuration variables. Instead of setting the complete pattern,
           with this option it is possible to add an alternative pattern.
           "varenv" must be one of the variables listed above that take a
           regular expression as argument, and pattern is any regular
           expression (which might need to be protected from the shell by
           quotation). Several patterns can be added at once by using semi-
           colons to separate them, e.g. "--add-to-config

           Print list of RegEx matching and excluding safe commands.

           Print list of RegEx matching and excluding commands with text

           Show values of configuration variables.

           Combine all --show commands.

           NB For all --show commands, no "old.tex" or "new.tex" file needs to
           be specified, and no differencing takes place.

   Other configuration options:
           Allow spaces between bracketed or braced arguments to commands.
           Note that this option might have undesirable side effects
           (unrelated scope might get lumpeded with preceding commands) so
           should only be used if the default produces erroneous results.
           (Default requires arguments to directly follow each other without
           intervening spaces).

           Determine granularity of markup in displayed math environments:
           Possible values for level are (both numerical and text labels are

           "off" or 0: suppress markup for math environments.  Deleted
           equations will not appear in diff file. This mode can be used if
           all the other modes cause invalid latex code.

           "whole" or 1: Differencing on the level of whole equations. Even
           trivial changes to equations cause the whole equation to be marked
           changed.  This mode can be used if processing in coarse or fine
           mode results in invalid latex code.

           "coarse" or 2: Detect changes within equations marked up with a
           coarse granularity; changes in equation type (e.g.displaymath to
           equation) appear as a change to the complete equation. This mode is
           recommended for situations where the content and order of some
           equations are still being changed. [Default]

           "fine" or 3: Detect small change in equations and mark up at fine
           granularity.  This mode is most suitable, if only minor changes to
           equations are expected, e.g. correction of typos.

            Change highlight style for graphics embedded with C<\includegraphics> commands.

           Possible values for level:

           "none", "off" or 0: no highlighting for figures

           "new-only" or 1: surround newly added or changed figures with a
           blue frame [Default if graphicx package loaded]

           "both" or 2:     highlight new figures with a blue frame and show
           deleted figures at reduced scale, and crossed out with a red
           diagonal cross. Use configuration variable SCALEDELGRAPHICS to set
           size of deleted figures.

           Note that changes to the optional parameters will make the figure
           appear as changed to latexdiff, and this figure will thus be

       --disable-citation-markup or --disable-auto-mbox
           Suppress citation markup and markup of other vulnerable commands in
           styles using ulem (UNDERLINE,FONTSTRIKE, CULINECHBAR) (the two
           options are identical and are simply aliases)

       --enable-citation-markup or --enforce-auto-mbox
           Protect citation commands and other vulnerable commands in changed
           sections with "\mbox" command, i.e. use default behaviour for ulem
           package for other packages (the two options are identical and are
           simply aliases)

       --verbose or -V
           Output various status information to stderr during processing.
           Default is to work silently.

           Choose driver for changebar package (only relevant for styles using
           Possible drivers are listed in changebar manual, e.g.
             [Default: dvips]

           Suppress warnings about inconsistencies in length between input and
           parsed strings and missing characters.  These warning messages are
           often related to non-standard latex or latex constructions with a
           syntax unknown to "latexdiff" but the resulting difference argument
           is often fully functional anyway, particularly if the non-standard
           latex only occurs in parts of the text which have not changed.

       --label=label or -L label
           Sets the labels used to describe the old and new files.  The first
           use of this option sets the label describing the old file and the
           second use of the option sets the label for the new file, i.e. set
           both labels like this "-L labelold -L labelnew".  [Default: use the
           filename and modification dates for the label]

           Suppress inclusion of old and new file names as comment in output

           Include old and new filenames (or labels set with "--label" option)
           as visible output.

           Replace "\input" and "\include" commands within body by the content
           of the files in their argument.  If "\includeonly" is present in
           the preamble, only those files are expanded into the document.
           However, no recursion is done, i.e. "\input" and "\include"
           commands within included sections are not expanded.  The included
           files are assumed to
            be located in the same directories as the old and new master
           files, respectively, making it possible to organise files into old
           and new directories.  --flatten is applied recursively, so inputted
           files can contain further "\input" statements.  Also handles files
           included by the import package ("\import" and "\subimport"), and
           "\subfile" command.

           Use of this option might result in prohibitive processing times for
           larger documents, and the resulting difference document no longer
           reflects the structure of the input documents.

           Run files through this filterscript (full path preferred) before
           processing.  The filterscript must take STDIN input and output to
           STDOUT.  When coupled with --flatten, each file will be run through
           the filter as it is brought in.

           When running with --filter-script, STDERR from the script may cause
           readability issues.  Turn this flag on to ignore STDERR from the
           filter script.

       --help or -h
           Show help text

           Show version number

   Internal options
       These options are mostly for automated use by latexdiff-vc. They can be
       used directly, but the API should be considered less stable than for
       the other options.

           Suppress generation of hyperreferences, used for minimal diffs
           (option --only-changes of latexdiff-vc)

   Predefined styles
   Major types
       The major type determine the markup of plain text and some selected
       latex commands outside floats by defining the markup commands
       "\DIFadd{...}" and "\DIFdel{...}" .

                 Added text is wavy-underlined and blue, discarded text is
                 struck out and red (Requires color and ulem packages).
                 Overstriking does not work in displayed math equations such
                 that deleted parts of equation are underlined, not struck out
                 (this is a shortcoming inherent to the ulem package).

                 Added text is blue and set in sans-serif, and a red footnote
                 is created for each discarded piece of text. (Requires color

                 Like "CTRADITIONAL" but without the use of color.

       "CFONT"   Added text is blue and set in sans-serif, and discarded text
                 is red and very small size.

                 Added tex is set in sans-serif, discarded text small and
                 struck out

                 Added text is blue, and discarded text is red.  Additionally,
                 the changed text is marked with a bar in the margin (Requires
                 color and changebar packages).

                 Like "CFONT" but with additional changebars (Requires color
                 and changebar packages).

                 Like "UNDERLINE" but with additional changebars (Requires
                 color, ulem and changebar packages).

                 No mark up of text, but mark margins with changebars
                 (Requires changebar package).

                 No visible markup (but generic markup commands will still be

       "BOLD"    Added text is set in bold face, discarded is not shown.

                 The pdfcomment package is used to underline new text, and
                 mark deletions with a PDF comment. Note that this markup
                 might appear differently or not at all based on the pdf
                 viewer used. The viewer with best support for pdf markup is
                 probably acroread. This style is only recommended if the
                 number of differences is small.

       The subtype defines the commands that are inserted at the begin and end
       of added or discarded blocks, irrespectively of whether these blocks
       contain text or commands (Defined commands: "\DIFaddbegin, \DIFaddend,
       \DIFdelbegin, \DIFdelend")

       "SAFE"    No additional markup (Recommended choice)

       "MARGIN"  Mark beginning and end of changed blocks with symbols in the
                 margin nearby (using the standard "\marginpar" command - note
                 that this sometimes moves somewhat from the intended

       "COLOR"   An alternative way of marking added passages in blue, and
                 deleted ones in red.  (It is recommeneded to use instead the
                 main types to effect colored markup, although in some cases
                 coloring with dvipscol can be more complete, for example with
                 citation commands).

                 An alternative way of marking added passages in blue, and
                 deleted ones in red. Note that "DVIPSCOL" only works with the
                 dvips converter, e.g. not pdflatex.  (it is recommeneded to
                 use instead the main types to effect colored markup, although
                 in some cases coloring with dvipscol can be more complete).

       "ZLABEL"  can be used to highlight only changed pages, but requires
                 post-processing. It is recommend to not call this option
                 manually but use "latexdiff-vc" with "--only-changes" option.
                 Alternatively, use the script given within preamble of diff
                 files made using this style.

                 also highlights changed pages, without the need for post-
                 processing, but might not work reliably if there is floating
                 material (figures, tables).

       "LABEL"   is similar to "ZLABEL", but does not need the zref package
                 and works less reliably (deprecated).

   Float Types
       Some of the markup used in the main text might cause problems when used
       within floats (e.g. figures or tables).  For this reason alternative
       versions of all markup commands are used within floats. The float type
       defines these alternative commands.

                 Use identical markup for text as in the main body, but set
                 all commands marking the begin and end of changed blocks to
                 null-commands.  You have to choose this float type if your
                 subtype is "MARGIN" as "\marginpar" does not work properly
                 within floats.

                 Mark additions the same way as in the main text.  Deleted
                 environments are marked by angular brackets \[ and \] and the
                 deleted text is set in scriptscript size. This float type
                 should always be used with the "TRADITIONAL" and
                 "CTRADITIONAL" markup types as the \footnote command does not
                 work properly in floating environments.

                 Make no difference between the main text and floats.

   Configuration Variables
       "ARRENV"  If a match to "ARRENV" is found within an inline math
                 environment within a deleted or added block, then the inlined
                 math is surrounded by "\mbox{"..."}".  This is necessary as
                 underlining does not work within inlined array environments.

                 [ Default: "ARRENV"="(?:array|[pbvBV]matrix)"

                 If a command in a deleted block which is also in the textcmd
                 list matches "COUNTERCMD" then an additional command
                 "\addtocounter{"cntcmd"}{-1}", where cntcmd is the matching
                 command, is appended in the diff file such that the numbering
                 in the diff file remains synchronized with the numbering in
                 the new file.

                 [ Default: "COUNTERCMD"="(?:footnote|part|section|subsection"

                 "|subsubsection|paragraph|subparagraph)"  ]

                 This option is for advanced users and allows definition of
                 special versions of commands, which do not work as safe

                 Commands in "CUSTOMDIFCMD" that occur in added or deleted
                 blocks will be given an ADD or DEL prefix.  The prefixed
                 versions of the command must be defined in the preamble,
                 either by putting them in the preamble of at least the new
                 file, or by creating a custom preamble file (Option
                 --preamble).  For example the command "\blindtext" (from
                 package blindtext) does not interact well with underlining,
                 so that for the standard markup type, it is not satisfactory
                 to define it as a safe command. Instead, a customised
                 versions without underlining can be defined in the preamble:



                 and then latexdiff should be invoked with the option "-c

                 [ Default: none ]

                 Environments whose name matches the regular expression in
                 "FLOATENV" are considered floats.  Within these environments,
                 the latexdiff markup commands are replaced by their FL

                 [ Default: "(?:figure|table|plate)[\w\d*@]*" ]

       "ITEMCMD" Commands representing new item line with list environments.

                 [ Default: \"item" ]

       "LISTENV" Environments whose name matches the regular expression in
                 "LISTENV" are list environments.

                 [ Default: "(?:itemize|enumerate|description)" ]

                 If both \begin and \end for a math environment (environment
                 name matching "MATHENV" or \[ and \]) are within the same
                 deleted block, they are replaced by a \begin and \end
                 commands for "MATHREPL" rather than being commented out.

                 [ Default: "MATHENV"="(?:displaymath|equation)" ,
                 "MATHREPL"="displaymath" ]

                 as "MATHENV","MATHREPL" but for equation arrays

                 [ Default: "MATHARRENV"="eqnarray\*?" ,
                 "MATHREPL"="eqnarray" ]

                 Minimum number of tokens required to form an independent
                 block. This value is used in the algorithm to detect changes
                 of complete blocks by merging identical text parts of less
                 than "MINWORDSBLOCK" to the preceding added and discarded

                 [ Default: 3 ]

                 Within environments whose name matches the regular expression
                 in "PICTUREENV" all latexdiff markup is removed (in
                 pathologic cases this might lead to inconsistent markup but
                 this situation should be rare).

                 [ Default: "(?:picture|DIFnomarkup)[\w\d*@]*" ]

                 If "--graphics-markup=both" is chosen, "SCALEDELGRAPHICS" is
                 the factor, by which deleted figures will be scaled (i.e. 0.5
                 implies they are shown at half linear size).

                 [ Default: 0.5 ]

                 RegEx describing environments like verbatim, whose contents
                 should be taken verbatim. The content of these environments
                 will not be processed in any way: deleted content is
                 commented out, new content is not marked up

                 [ Default:  "comment"  ]

                 RegEx describing environments like verbatim, whose contents
                 should be taken verbatim. The content of environments
                 described by VERBATIMLINEENV are compared in line mode, and
                 changes are marked up using the listings package. The markup
                 style is set based on the chosen mains markup type (Option
                 -t), or on an analysis of the preamble.  Note that
                 "listings.sty" must be installed. If this file is not found
                 the fallback solution is to treat VERBATIMLINEENV
                 environments treated exactly the same way as VERBATIMENV

                 [ Default:  "(?:verbatim[*]?|lstlisting"  ]


       Citations result in overfull boxes
                 There is an incompatibility between the "ulem" package, which
                 "latexdiff" uses for underlining and striking out in the
                 UNDERLINE style, the default style, and the way citations are
                 generated. In order to be able to mark up citations properly,
                 they are enclosed with an "\mbox" command. As mboxes cannot
                 be broken across lines, this procedure frequently results in
                 overfull boxes, possibly obscuring the content as it extends
                 beyond the right margin.  The same occurs for some other
                 packages (e.g., siunitx). If this is a problem, you have two

                 1. Use "CFONT" type markup (option "-t CFONT"): If this
                 markup is chosen, then changed citations are no longer marked
                 up with the wavy line (additions) or struck out (deletions),
                 but are still highlighted in the appropriate color, and
                 deleted text is shown with a different font. Other styles not
                 using the "ulem" package will also work.

                 2. Choose option "--disable-citation-markup" which turns off
                 the marking up of citations: deleted citations are no longer
                 shown, and added citations are shown without markup. (This
                 was the default behaviour of latexdiff at versions 0.6 and

                 For custom packages you can define the commands which need to
                 be protected by "\mbox" with "--append-mboxsafecmd" and
                 "--excludemboxsafecmd" options (submit your lists of command
                 as feature request at github page to set the default
                 behaviour of future versions, see section 6)

       Changes in complicated mathematical equations result in latex
       processing errors
                 Try options "--math-markup=whole".   If even that fails, you
                 can turn off mark up for equations with "--math-markup=off".

       How can I just show the pages where changes had been made
                 Use options -"-s ZLABEL"  (some postprocessing required) or
                 "-s ONLYCHANGEDPAGE". "latexdiff-vc --ps|--pdf" with
                 "--only-changes" option takes care of the post-processing for
                 you (requires zref package to be installed).


       Option allow-spaces not implemented entirely consistently. It breaks
       the rules that number and type of white space does not matter, as
       different numbers of inter-argument spaces are treated as significant.

       Please submit bug reports using the issue tracker of the github
       repository page, or send them
       to tilmann -- AT --  Include the version number of
       latexdiff (from comments at the top of the source or use --version).
       If you come across latex files that are error-free and conform to the
       specifications set out above, and whose differencing still does not
       result in error-free latex, please send me those files, ideally edited
       to only contain the offending passage as long as that still reproduces
       the problem. If your file relies on non-standard class files, you must
       include those.  I will not look at examples where I have trouble to
       latex the original files.


       latexrevise(1), latexdiff-vc(1)


       latexdiff does not make use of external commands and thus should run on
       any platform  supporting Perl 5.6 or higher.  If files with encodings
       other than ASCII or UTF-8 are processed, Perl 5.8 or higher is

       The standard version of latexdiff requires installation of the Perl
       package "Algorithm::Diff" (available from - but a stand-alone
       version, latexdiff-so, which has this package inlined, is available,
       too.  latexdiff-fast requires the diff command to be present.


       Version 1.3.0 Copyright (C) 2004-2018 Frederik Tilmann

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 3

       Contributors of fixes and additions: V. Kuhlmann, J. Paisley, N.
       Becker, T. Doerges, K. Huebner, T. Connors, Sebastian Gouezel and many
       others.  Thanks to the many people who sent in bug reports, feature
       suggestions, and other feedback.

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