[fmII] diffutils 2.8 released (Default branch)

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The changes in this release are as follows:
The programs now support behavior conformant to POSIX 1003.1-2001.
Options to diff that accepted regular expressions now conform to the
grep syntax rather than the GNU Emacs syntax for regexps. An option to
diff3 and sdiff allows you to use other diff utilities than the one
that comes with diffutils. cmp supports BSD-style options to specify
the bytes to skip at the start of the files. Support was improved for
locales other than the `C' (POSIX) locale and for MS-DOS. Support for
large files (>2 GB) was added. Man pages are now provided. Some of the
diagnostics were reworded so that they are more consistent. 

Project description:
Diffutils contains the GNU diff, diff3, sdiff, and cmp utilities.
Their features are a superset of the Unix features and they are
significantly faster. Cmp has been moved into this package from the
GNU textutils package. These programs are usually used for creating
patch files.

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