bsdiff and bspatch are tools for building and applying patches to binary
files. By using suffix sorting (specifically, Larsson and Sadakane's qsufsort)
and taking advantage of how executable files change, bsdiff routinely produces
binary patches 50-80% smaller than those produced by Xdelta, and 15% smaller
than those produced by .RTPatch (a $2750/seat commercial patch tool).
These programs were originally named bdiff and bpatch, but the large number of
other programs using those names lead to confusion; I'm not sure if the "bs"
in refers to "binary software" (because bsdiff produces exceptionally small
patches for executable files) or "bytewise subtraction" (which is the key to
how well it performs). Feel free to offer other suggestions.
bsdiff is quite memory-hungry. It requires max(17*n,9*n+m)+O(1) bytes of
memory, where n is the size of the old file and m is the size of the new
file. bspatch requires n+m+O(1) bytes.
bsdiff runs in O((n+m) log n) time; on a 200MHz Pentium Pro, building a binary
patch for a 4MB file takes about 90 seconds. bspatch runs in O(n+m) time; on
the same machine, applying that patch takes about two seconds.
Providing that off_t is defined properly, bsdiff and bspatch support files of
up to 2^61-1 = 2Ei-1 bytes.
Maintained by: Marco Bonetti
Approved by: Erik Hanson
Keywords: bsdiff,bspatch,binary diff,binary patch
(the SlackBuild does not include the source)