diff - Command-line tool to display the differences between two files, or each corresponding file in two directories.

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Error with if [ -n $diffCurr ]: Too many arguments

I have been using the below code ok for sometime, but now, I get an error java Editor < "input/editor$i.in" > "tmp/editor$i.out" diffCurr="$(diff "tmp/editor$i.out" "output/editor$i.out")" if [ ...
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Can I get the opposite of `diff -q` — matching identical files without printing their contents

I have a number of files in a directory, and I want to check that they are all unique. For simplicity, let's say I have three files: foo.txt, bar.txt and baz.txt. If I run this loop, I will check them ...
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Compare files and tell how similar they are

Is there a way to compare two file and give some kind of numeric indication of their similarity? For example, if I have two files that differ by just one character (say, a character was deleted or ...
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Get correct number of lines in diff output

I want to get the correct number of lines in the output of diff(specifically with -y and --suppress-common-lines options). Using a simple wc -l does not work, because if both files end without a ...
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Compare two files strictly line-by-line, without insertions or deletions

I have two files that essentially contain a memory dumps in a hex format. At the moment I use diff to see if the files are different and where the differences are. However, this can be misleading when ...
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Why does diff fail when invoked from a Makefile?

Narrow-down of a patch problem I am trying to troubleshoot: Only two files, each with a size of 1 byte: file a (containing 'a') file b (containing 'b') and Goal is to make and then apply a patch ...
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What does -u of diff really do?

Looks like -u can take an extra number argument, but I don't quiet get the manual, It says, -u, -U NUM, --unified[=NUM] output NUM (default 3) lines of unified context Someone name an ...
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How to know if a text file is a subset of another

I am trying to find a way to predict if a text file is a subset of another.. For example: foo bar is a subset of foo bar pluto While: foo pluto and foo bar are not one a subset of each ...
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how to include a new file into a patch

I try to make a patch as introduced here. Say I have two directories pp1(modified version) and pp0(clean version), I make a patch file pp0.patch with the diff command: diff -crB pp0 pp1 > ...
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Identify duplicate blocks of text within a file

Is there a convenient way to identify duplicate or near duplicate blocks of text within a file? I want to use this for identifying code duplication. It looks like there are specialty programs with ...
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heuristically find how different a set of files are

I am having a large number of output files produced by repeated runs of a test suite and would like to see, approximately, how different they are. Ideally they should all be identical (indicating a ...
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Recursively compare directory contents by name, ignoring file extensions

I have a directory containing about 7,000 music files. I used lame to recursively re-encode all files in it to a separate directory, outputting all files with the same relative path and file name. ...
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What does 'patch unexpectedly ends in middle of line' mean?

This is the output of my patch command: Hunk #11 merged at 4184,4190. Hunk #12 merged at 4444. Hunk #13 merged at 4944. Hunk #14 NOT MERGED at 5106-5116. Hunk #15 merged at 5290. Hunk #16 merged at ...
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Comparing two files in unix and awk

I have to compare two files, file1 and file2. Each file has 56 columns separated by |. First column is the employee number in the file, I will check whether same employee number is present in the ...
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Smart way to perform a similar replacement (not simple enough for diff) in multiple files?

I have a bunch of files (45, so too many to edit them manually without going crazy) which all require the same changes (as seen in the three diffs at the end of this question). Most tools used for ...
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How to use diff tool to take a diff between directories with libraries and source?

I would like to know if i can use the diff tool to take the difference between two folders which contain sources as well as libraries and executable. Right now i gave diff -Naur dir1/ dir2/ ...
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How-to diff distributions?

I am using a Raspberry Pi. There seem to be all kinds of linux distributions, all in .img Format that I use Win32DiskImager for to burn to SD-card. How do I find out, which files were changed(some ...
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Kompare-like tool that needs no kdelibs dependencies?

Are there any Kompare-like tools without KDE dependencies? Can be Qt or GTK based.
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How to make and apply (patch) one side diff?

I want to make a shell script that updates a config file. The file present on the server has information, like various IP addresses. The new file has more code, from new configs added to the system, ...
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How can I get difference ratio using “diff” or other command?

I have two files with thousands lines. I want to get their differences ratio in lines/bytes using diff, vimdiff or other commands, even regardless of the specific differences.
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How can I compare two files based on the value of the first column?

I want to compare two files based on the value of their first column: file1 aaa 23 3 bbb 56 6 ccc 45 2 file2 bbb m a aaa a m ccc m m The output file should be: aaa a m bbb m a ccc m m ...
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How to create a patch ignoring indentation differences in the code?

I'm trying to create patch a file using diff tool.But facing an issues.The way I am doing is below. I've created one Directory named a and put original file in to it. a/original_file.c Now I have ...
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Using Diff on a specific column in a file

Will it be possible to use diff on a specific columns in a file? file1 Something 123 item1 Something 456 item2 Something 768 item3 Something 353 item4 file2 Another 123 stuff1 Another 193 ...
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How to display which file differs from the others

I'm trying to write a script to get info from 5 different places and compare them for differences. The information is simply IP addresses and I have them placed in text files. I'm using: diff ...
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How do I diff the outputs of two commands?

How can I use the diff command to compare 2 commands' outputs? Does something like this exist? diff ($cat /etc/passwd) ($cut -f2/etc/passwd)
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Comparing files in unix columnwise

I want to compare two files with same number of rows and columns with records in same order. Just want to highlight the differences in the column values if any. file A: 1,kolkata,19,ab ...
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How to diff two folders by inodes

I'm currently using a script to backup files on my computer. In a nutshell, it works like this: rsync --link-dest=$FOLDER/current $SOURCE $DESTINATION However, I think that my script may be ...
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Check whether two directories and their subdirectories are the same

With diff -r I can do this task, however it takes so long because diff checks file's content. I want something that determine that two files are the same regarding of their size, last modified, etc. ...
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Alternative to diff with progress for massive directory compare?

I just rsync-ed 2,000,000 files (3TB) from one RAID to another. I want to make sure my data is intact. rsync -c takes a really long time. diff doesn't show me what it's doing. Is there an ...
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How to pipe diff into Kompare?

I want to quickly compare files in two different directories to see if the files are the same (same content). I want to see the results in Kompare (I'm on KDE - Kubuntu 12.04). Here's my diff ...
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git diff of copies that only added lines

Say I have two processes that append lines to copies of the same original (parent) file (copy_A and copy_B). If I diff these copies, can diff ever conclude that we have a conflict? (i.e. can it ever ...
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Difference of folders and files

I have two folders which have different folders inside. Those folders also contains different files. I am looking for the command that would give me the difference between those two parent folders. ...
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Track daily directory changes (and email them)

I have a Debian powered NAS server (ReadyNAS) with a deep file hierarchy. I'd like to get notified daily about what has changed in some of its directories and their subdirectories. So if someone ...
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Getting diff (or git diff) to show inserted hunks properly

Let's say I have two files. The first one has the contents: line 1 foo line 2 line 1 bar line 2 And the second one has a new section inserted in the middle, so it looks like this: line 1 foo ...
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Diff the output of two `awk` commands

I'm trying to compute the difference between the output of two awk commands but my simple attempts at it seem to be failing. Here is what I'm trying: diff $(awk '{print $3}' f1.txt | sort -u) $(awk ...
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How to determine if file is just a permutation of another one?

Consider for example a source code file, where the functions are drastically shuffled around. Is there is a command to check if the reordering of lines is the only change? (that means no lines are ...
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Pipe diff file into patch?

Is there a way to pipe the diff output into patch? The -i parameter is for specifying a diff file, but I just want to do it more dynamically, since I will be updating regularly against a directory ...
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Comparing text files using Bash and AWK

I have two text files, and I want to compare their corresponding values according to their rows and columns. By comparing, I mean to check if the values are equal and echo if the values are the same ...
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diff --git unknown option

when I try to run diff --git a/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c b/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c I get unknown option (I have installed git via apt-get install git)
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Is cmp faster than diff -q?

In a recent AU question on checking whether some files have differing content, I saw a comment stating that if the differing sections didn't matter, cmp would be faster than diff. This SO answer ...
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compare files line by line and create new one bash programming

I have two text files. File 2 has logs over 1,000,000. File 1 has IP addresses line by line. I want to read file 2 lines and search these lines in file 1, I mean: file 1: 34.123.21.32 45.231.43.21 ...
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How can I show the number of positions lines have moved in diff output?

top1 1,facebook.com 2,google.com 3,youtube.com 4,yahoo.com 5,wikipedia.org 6,baidu.com 7,live.com 8,amazon.com 9,qq.com 10,twitter.com top2 1,facebook.com 2,google.com 3,youtube.com 4,yahoo.com ...
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How to make diff command ignore certain lines of second file(bash)?

For example: file1.txt: I need to buy apples. I need to run the laundry. I need to wash the dog. I need to get the car detailed. file2.txt I need to buy apples. I need to run the laundry. I need ...
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Diff 2 files ignoring strings between @ and [

I am comparing two files. I am trying to ignore the alphanumeric characters after @ and before [ . A line looks like model.Field@d6b0d6b[fieldName
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How can we compare two same directories in linux and list different files

Suppose I have same version of linux kernel but I changed some driver lines. Is there any way to compare these kernels and list the results. The result would be helpful to go back if I changed a lot ...
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how to count number of differences in large streams quickly?

I want to count the number of differences (different bytes) in two large streams (devices/files). E.g. two hard disks, or one hard disk and /dev/zero. The program(s) involved must be fast, as fast ...
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Live diff-mode editing in vim

I want a live view of diffs while I am editing a file. vimdiff is able to do something I want, like highlighting the differences between two files. However there are two drawbacks of vimdiff that ...
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Keep patch in sync with changing source

Is there any standard option to create 'patch' P that works on file F in such way that it will keep working correctly when file F changes into F'. So I will either have some mechanism that will ...
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What optimized tools are available for comparing directory contents?

I am mirroring a Subversion repository tag with svn2git and I want to be sure that when I checkout particular revisions, those I obtain from the git mirror match those from Subversion. My main problem ...
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How to compare two directories thoroughly without git?

Here thoroughly means “list all differ files, find those files with same name and different content, list the difference of content”. Before I got a lazy solution, git init one directory and copy ...