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latexdiff-vc - wrapper script that calls latexdiff for different versions of a file under
version management (CVS, RCS or SVN)
latexdiff-vc [ latexdiff-options ] [ latexdiff-vc-options ] -r [rev1] [-r rev2]
file1.tex [ file2.tex ...]
latexdiff-vc [ latexdiff-options ] [ latexdiff-vc-options ][ --postscript | --pdf ]
latexdiff-vc is a wrapper script that applies latexdiff to a file, or multiple files under
version control (git, subversion (SVN), mercurial (hg), CVS, RCS), and optionally runs the
sequence of "latex" and "dvips" or "pdflatex" commands necessary to produce pdf or
postscript output of the difference tex file(s). It can also be applied to a pair of files
to automatise the generation of difference file in postscript or pdf format.
--rcs, --svn, --cvs, --git or --hg
Set the version system. If no version system is specified, latexdiff-vc will venture
latexdiff-cvs, latexdiff-rcs etc are variants of latexdiff-vc which default to the
respective versioning system. However, this default can still be overridden using the
-r, -r rev or --revision, --revision=rev
Choose revision (under RCS, CVS, SVN, GIT or HG). One or two -r options can be
specified, and they result in different behaviour:
latexdiff-vc -r file.tex ...
compares file.tex with the most recent version checked into RCS.
latexdiff-vc -r rev1 file.tex ...
compares file.tex with revision rev1.
latexdiff-vc -r rev1 -r rev2 file.tex ...
compares revisions rev1 and rev2 of file.tex.
Multiple files can be specified for all of the above options. All files must have
the extension ".tex", though.
latexdiff-vc old.tex new.tex
compares two files.
The name of the difference file is generated automatically and reported to stdout.
-d or --dir -d path or --dir=path
Rather than appending the string "diff" and optionally the version numbers given to
the output-file, this will prepend a directory name "diff" to the original filename,
creating the directory and subdirectories should they not exist already. This is
particularly useful in order to clone a complete directory hierarchy. Optionally, a
pathname path can be specified, which is prepended instead of "diff".
If combined with "--git", "--svn" or "--hg" option or the corresponding modes, check
out the revisions to compare in a separate temporary directory, and then pass on
option "--flatten" to latexdiff. The directory in which "latexdiff-vc" is invoked
defines the subtree which will be checked out. Note that if additional files are
needed which are not included in the flatten procedure (package files, included
graphics), they need to be accessible in the current directory. If you use bibtex, it
is recommended to include the ".bbl" file in the version management.
The generic usage of this function is : "latexdiff-vc --flatten -r rev1 [-r rev2]
master.tex" where master.tex is the project file containing the highest level of
With "--flatten=keep-intermediate", the intermediate revision snapshots are kept in
the current directory (Default is to store them in a temporary directory and delete
them after generating the diff file.)
--fast or --so
Use "latexdiff-fast" or "latexdiff-so", respectively (instead of "latexdiff").
--ps or --postscript
Generate postscript output from difference file. This will run the sequence "latex;
latex; dvips" on the difference file (do not use this option in the rare cases, where
three "latex" commands are required if you care about correct referencing). If the
difference file contains a "\bibliography" tag, run the sequence "latex; bibtex;
latex; latex; dvips".
Generate pdf output from difference file using "pdflatex". This will run the sequence
"pdflatex; pdflatex" on the difference file, or "pdflatex; bibtex; pdflatex; pdflatex"
for files requiring bibtex.
Post-process the output such that only pages with changes on them are displayed. This
requires the use of subtype ZLABEL in latexdiff, which will be set automatically, but
any manually set -s option will be overruled (also requires zref package to be
installsed). (note that this option must be combined with --ps or --pdf to make sense)
Overwrite existing diff files without asking for confirmation. Default behaviour is to
ask for confirmation before overwriting an existing difference file.
--help or -h
Show help text
Show version number
All other options are passed on to "latexdiff".
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