A technique for isolating differences between files

  title={A technique for isolating differences between files},
  author={Paul Heckel},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  • P. Heckel
  • Published 1 April 1978
  • Computer Science
  • Commun. ACM
A simple algorithm is described for isolating the differences between two files. [] Key Method Another application of this algorithm merges files containing independently generated changes into a single file. The algorithm can also be used to generate efficient encodings of a file in the form of the differences between itself and a given “datum” file, permitting reconstruction of the original file from the diference and datum files.

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