Needed to diff large (> 1GB) text files as part of a toolset, but DiffUtils provided by gnuwin32 is 32-bit only Of course I tried, but expectedly, it failed to diff the large files. Next solution: compile a native 64-bit version of diff. (Why is there no gnuwin64?) Anyway, I chose to compile on a x86_64 linux machine because I happen to have such a test machine around.
apt-get install mingw-w64 wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/diffutils/diffutils-3.3.tar.xz tar xJf diffutils-3.3.tar.xz cd diffutils-3.3 # get diffutils-3.3-mingw64.patch and place it here patch -p1 -i diffutils-3.3-mingw64.patch ./configure --host=x86_64-w64-mingw32 --prefix=/tmp/diffutils-3.3-mingw64 make && make install
Now, the goods are in
diffutils-3.3-mingw64.patch can be found under Resources. I would have gladly pasted the file here if not for the non-printable character found in the original source. If anyone knows the settings for diff to generate pure printable patch file do drop a comment below, thanks!
Further interesting read: MinGW 64 how-to