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Wayne Davison

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Wayne Davison is a programmer and musician, born on 14 December[citation needed] in the US state of California.

Davison's first well-known project was trn, a Usenet newsreader based on Larry Wall's rn.[1] At the time, Davison worked for Borland International,[2] where he was also involved in the development of dBase version 5.0 in 1994.[3] He later went to work for ClariNet.[4]

During this time Davison created the unified context diff (modifying GNU diff and GNU patch),[5] which allowed patches for open-source software packages to be smaller and easier to read.

Other open-source software projects he has either maintained or helped to maintain include screen,[6] zsh,[7] rsync (current maintainer),[citation needed] pop-before-smtp (current maintainer),[citation needed] and rbmake (current maintainer).[citation needed]

He worked with Lynn Brock and Joseph Esposito on the Processed Book Project in 2003.[8]




  • Baczewski, Philip (1994). The Internet Unleashed. Sams. ISBN 9780672304668. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Esposito, Joseph J. (23 October 2005). "The processed book". First Monday. 8 (3).
  • Petersen, Julie K. (2003). Fiber optics illustrated dictionary. CRC Press. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-8493-1349-3. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Miller, Michael J. (20 December 1994). "The 11th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence". PC Mag. Vol. 13 no. 22.
  • Templeton, Brad (2009). "The History of ClariNet.com". templetons.com. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  • "Overview". GNU diffutils Manual. Free Software Foundation. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  • "Credits". Screen Users' Manual. Free Software Foundation. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  • "ZSH CONTRIBUTORS". GitHub. 2011.

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