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What exactly is the maximal solution of an ODE and why do we care?

I am reading these notes on the definition of a maximal solution of an ODE i.e. http://www.math.lmu.de/~philip/publications/lectureNotes/ODE.pdf But the definition is so abstract and no example is ...
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Differential equation where Picard-Lindelöf can not be applied

My question is the following : Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ be continuous function and let $u:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}$ be a $C^1$ function such that $$\forall t\in[a,b],u'(t)=f(u(t))\text{ and ...