what are these - -- in github

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I've seen @@--@@ a lot and not able to understand what the numbers in between mean. Can somebody explain it to me?
Jun 27, 2018 in Git & GitHub by Hannah
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This statement is called the hunk header.

You compare two files using the diff command and this command records differences as groups of        differing line and uses common lines to capture these groups within the files.

Such groups are called hunks of difference.

     for example,

     @@ -1,5 +1,4 @@

     Here "-" denotes the source file and "+" represents the modified file to which the change refers to.

     -1 represents the starting line from the source file

     5 represents the length of hunk

     +1 represents the starting line of modified or the to file

     4 represents the length of hunk, i.e., the hunk is 6 lines long
answered Jun 27, 2018 by anonymous

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