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

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Which GUI diff viewer would you recommend, with Copy-to-Left/Right functionality?

I've hardly ever used anything other than Meld. Can you recommend anything else? It would be extra nice if you give a reason for your recommendation (as a Comment). [note] I want an alternative ...
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Get diff changes between original files installed with apt and current files

I installed php5-fpm package using apt; then I made some changes to the PHP configuration files. Now I would get the diffs between the original files versions (the ones of the package installed) and ...
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Result of diff two files with switched lines says missing the same line twice

I am trying to understand the linux diff command on two files whose lines are just permutation of each other but not able to grok the output that it generates. Consider the three commands below: ...
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Run a diff between local and remote file

I'm connected on a host via ssh and I'd like to compare (let's say with diff) a certain config file against its counterpart on another host, also accessible via ssh, without having to manually ...
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Possible to view two text files side by side (read only)?

In emacs, we can view two text files side by side. Is it also possible to do so in some simpler/lighter applications such as less? Only viewing, no editing.
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Diff, show modified line from right file only

I have file a and b and I would like to output lines of b that changed since it was cloned from a. Just the modified lines, no surrounding context, no diff offset marks. How can I do that using shell ...
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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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diff two directories for changes and format output to use for script

I currently try to monitor two directories and subdirectories for changes in files. The directories contain the same set of files, some of them are changed. So I thought I might use the diff command ...
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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 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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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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Assign diff -y column names

I have two files and a shell script. File 1: Batman Superman John Snow Jack Sparrow Rob Stark File 2: Batman Ironman Superman Spiderman John Snow Arya Stark Jack Sparrow Rob Stark The hound ...
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diff where lines are mostly the same but out of order?

I want to diff two sets of mod_rewrite rules. The set of lines are about 90% identical, but the order is so different that diff basically says they are completely different. How can I see which lines ...
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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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SSH using diff and still not working

I have 2 file, a.txt and b.txt and I want to compare them. a.txt contains: abc jkl < jkl mno > mno pqr <> pqr b.txt contains: abc jkl < jkl mno > mno pqr <> pqrs stu I'm ...
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One way diff between 2 directories

I am looking to perform a diff between 2 directories, both of which contain may files and subdirectories. I am hoping to perform a one-way diff between a source and target directory that will return ...
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diff -r only for certain file types

Is there a way I can perform a recursive diff of two directories but only compare (in their respective places) files that match a specific filename or filetype predicate? E.g. I would like to do ...
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How do I fix a patch [closed]

I am trying to fix a patch, and reviewed a couple of very interesting urls. One of which is this one: Handling Patch Rejects I like to make sure I am understanding the patch and the problem correctly. ...
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Recursively compare two directories with diff -r without output on broken links

I am using diff -r a b to recursively compare directories a and b. It often happens though that there are some broken links (the same broken links in both a and b directories and to 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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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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How do you compare two folders and copy the difference to a third folder?

You've got three folders: folder current, which contains your current files folder old, which contains an older version of the same files folder difference, which is just an empty folder How do ...
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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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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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Merge several files with maximum 1 line difference

Suppose I have the following files: file0.c: int b=NULL; int a=NULL; file1.c: int b; int a=NULL; file2.c: int b; int a=NULL; I am looking to merge the files file1 and file2 to generate the ...
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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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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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diff within a line

I have some sql dumps that I am looking at the differences between. diff can obviously show me the difference between two lines, but I'm driving myself nuts trying to find which values in the long ...
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Review changes in .tex files

I have two files paper.tex and paper_suggested_changes.tex the latter is a modified version of the former with corrections. I need to go through the two files and choose which changes to accept or ...
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Is there a Linux deep diff tool that also compares file attributes?

Is there a Linux tool like diff that will recursively compare files and directories, but with the addition of also comparing: extended attributes, acl's, se contexts?
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Diff dpkg files with local copies

Is there a way of diffing the dpkg files with the one that are actually installed? Or barring that a way to find ones that have been modified?
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How to show names of files being compared?

I used diff --from-file to compare my Riak dev1 config to the three others. diff --from-file ~/riak/dev/dev1/etc/app.config \ ~/riak/dev/dev2/etc/app.config \ ~/riak/dev/dev3/etc/app.config \ ...
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Running 'diff 'command after the 'find' command

I'm running this code on shell mv -f ~/sites/text1.txt ~/sites/text2.txt;find ~/sites/ -type f -exec sha1sum {} >> ~/sites/text.txt \;diff ~/sites/text1.txt ~/sites/text2.txt; However every ...
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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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diff - output line-numbers

I want to use cli tool for file comparison and need line-number before output line with which help I could jump to line difference, because I use tool which understands where to jump, if the line ...
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diff reports two files differ, although they are the same!

I have two files which look identical to me (including trailing whitespaces and newlines) but diff still says they differ. Even when I do a diff -y side by side comparison the lines look exactly the ...
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rcs and graphical diff

I have a machine running Ubuntu 6.06. Source files under rcs (no git available). I need to visually compoare older revs of files with the checked out version. Until now I have moved the file and ...
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How to compare two tar archives (including file content, new/removed files, symlinks)?

I have two tar archives (compressed or not compressed), and I want to find all differences in the two archives. Both archives contain a complete file system (i.e. when unpacked, would generate ...
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How to compare two rfs directories with `diff`?

I've two RFS (RFS = Root File System) directories, which I would like to compare to each other with diff. Both directories represent an RFS of some other system, and they may contain links. If those ...
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Hot to make diff check a symlink link itself?

In Linux one can use the command diff to check for differences of files. I use it to check for differences across two modules, both copied to /tmp. However, both modules have symlinks, which might ...
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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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Diff head of files

I have two files. One file, I suspect, is a subset of the other. Is there a way to diff the files to identify (in a succinct manner) where in the first file the second file fits?
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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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Diff several files, true if all not equal

I have a number of files, I want to check that all those files have the same content. What command line could I use to check that? Usage could be something like: $ diffseveral file1 file2 file3 ...
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Output the common lines (similarities) of two text files (the opposite of diff)?

Diff is a great tool to display the changes between two files. But how to display the similarities of two text files (while ignoring the differences)? I.e. sample input: a: Foo Bar X Hello World 42 ...
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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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Converting colored output into html

There are tools providing coloured output: dwdiff -c File1 File2 # word level diff grep --color=always # we all know this guy ... The question is: How to convert their colored output of arbitrary ...
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linux diff tools: create list of modified files

How do I create a list of modified files programmatically using linux command line tools? I'm not interested in the difference in any particular file (delta, patch). I just want to have a list of new ...
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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 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 ...