Algorithm::DiffOld(3) Compute `intelligent' differences between two files / lists


This has been provided as part of the Algorithm::Diff package by Ned Konz. This particular module is ONLY for people who HAVE to have the old interface, which uses a comparison function rather than a key generating function.

Because each of the lines in one array have to be compared with each of the lines in the other array, this does M*N comparisons. This can be very slow. I clocked it at taking 18 times as long as the stock version of Algorithm::Diff for a 4000-line file. It will get worse quadratically as array sizes increase.


use Algorithm::DiffOld qw(diff LCS traverse_sequences);
@lcs = LCS( \@seq1, \@seq2, $comparison_function );
$lcsref = LCS( \@seq1, \@seq2, $comparison_function );
@diffs = diff( \@seq1, \@seq2, $comparison_function );

traverse_sequences( \@seq1, \@seq2,
{ MATCH => $callback,
DISCARD_A => $callback,
DISCARD_B => $callback,
$comparison_function );


Each of the main routines should be passed a comparison function. If you aren't passing one in, use Algorithm::Diff instead.

These functions should return a true value when two items should compare as equal.

For instance,

  @lcs    = LCS( \@seq1, \@seq2, sub { my ($a, $b) = @_; $a eq $b } );

but if that is all you're doing with your comparison function, just use Algorithm::Diff and let it do this (this is its default).


  sub someFunkyComparisonFunction
        my ($a, $b) = @_;
        $a =~ m{$b};
  @diffs = diff( \@lines, \@patterns, \&someFunkyComparisonFunction );

which would allow you to diff an array @lines which consists of text lines with an array @patterns which consists of regular expressions.

This is actually the reason I wrote this version --- there is no way to do this with a key generation function as in the stock Algorithm::Diff.