Davison's first well-known project was trn, a Usenet newsreader based on Larry Wall's rn. At the time, Davison worked for Borland International, where he was also involved in the development of dBase version 5.0 in 1994. He later went to work for ClariNet.
During this time Davison created the unified context diff (modifying GNU diff and GNU patch), 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, zsh, rsync (current maintainer), pop-before-smtp (current maintainer), and rbmake (current maintainer).
He worked with Lynn Brock and Joseph Esposito on the Processed Book Project in 2003.
- Baczewski, Philip (1994). The Internet Unleashed. Sams. ISBN 9780672304668. Search this book on
- 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
- 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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