newbie qns : how do i use xmldiff?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Wed Feb 3 21:34:52 CET 2010

On 2/3/2010 1:38 AM, sWrath swrath wrote:
> Hi ,
> I am pretty new to python , and reading up on it.
> Basically I am trying to compare xml files . I know difflib have it
> but it does not work out as expected. I was looking at xmldiff ,
> unfortunately I am not able to find documentation how to call it from
> python. Anyone knows a link or doc to it as I have been looking high
> and low for few days?

When asking such a question, it is good to explain what sort of thing, 
in this case, 'xmldiff' is and where it is is from. Let us assume you 
meant xmldiff from

It says it is a python tool that can "be used be used as a library or as 
a command line tool." It includes a README file. Have you read that? 
That says "USAGE ... Read the HELP.txt file.". Have you read *that*?
HELP.txt seems to focus on command line usage. I would start with that. 
To use it as a library (via import ...), you might have to look at the 
source code as I did not see importing covered in my quick look at that 

Terry Jan Reedy

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