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

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Highlight differences between two files, similar to what watch -d produces

The command watch -d produces a very interesting diff: it shows the most recent iteration of the command, and highlights (with inverse video) the differences to the previous iteration. This works ...
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Diff tool with nice output like kdiff3

I like kdiff3 very much due to the way it displays the result. It can compare more than two versions of a file or directory and displays the differences in columns: For directories, it displays ...
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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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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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What does dash “-” mean in Unix command line? [duplicate]

Given this diff command: ./a.out < 1.in | diff - 1.out What does - mean after the word diff? Thanks for the help!
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Compare logs without timestamp

I have a lot of logs I would like to compare. The problem is, that the first few characters in a line are a timestamp. How can I compare logs, ignoring timestamps. For example, these two should be ...
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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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Compare one to one lines in 2 different files using shell scripting [closed]

I have two files: File1 File2 abc abc cde cde,xyz,efg,hij,...,n efg lmn,opq,weq,...n Now I want to compare File1 line1 with File2 line1, line2 with line2 and ...
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remove lines from an output file from diff

I have a script that uses diff -c then puts the output on a text file. What I want is to remove the line that does not have the "!" and display the lines with the exclamation mark. Is this possible? ...
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diff two directories, but ignore the extensions

I've got two directories with similar file names but different extensions. Here's an example: DIR1: - IN89284.wav - OUT9920.wav DIR2: - IN89284.mp3 - OUT9920.mp3 I want to compare these ...
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Minimal diff between two texts

The iTunes Store Terms and Conditions just changed. To avoid ending with random parts of my body being sewn to another person's body, I actually read the first version of these Terms and Conditions. ...
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Compare two files and print unmatched lines [duplicate]

I have two files with the below data; I need the difference between two files. I tried with diff but it also shows line which are common in the two files: (22372 Dec 4 15:36 ...
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Compare directory trees regarding file name (and size and date)

I want to check the results of a restore from backup. This is, because TimeMachine on MacOS gives me some weird errors and warnings and I want to make sure, everything is in its place again after ...
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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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How do I do an N-way diff?

How do I diff the output of multiple commands? vimdiff can support up to four files, but diff itself seems to support exactly two files. Is it directly possible with some variant of diff, or do I ...
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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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check if all files from a folder are also in another folder

I basically have a directory a with lots of images. Now I want to check if all of these images are in directory b. The point is, that lots of images in b ain't directly in b but in subdirectories. ...
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`diff -y file-{a,b} | less` and DOS line endings display issues

In my current job I often have to work with files from Windows machines which most of the time isn't a big deal, but when piping a side-by-side diff to less, not only are the ^M being displayed, but ...
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Diff: slightly different filenames, same file

I'm using diff -rq to compare directories on a Mac OS X 10.6 server. In folder1, we have 'filename'. In folder2, we have'filename.archive' because folder2 is created by a file sync app that also ...
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How can I compare 2 files and add lines that aren't on the second file?

I have run into a problem while doing some coding, and I need to compare two files, here is an example input file inputfile1.txt: car php module so js node array and another input file: ...
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Diff command. Basic explanation

Just started with diff command. Can you please explain me, diff thin_provisionings_controller.rb thin_provisionings_controller.rb[211] 512,513d511 include ThinProvisioningsGraphModule So ...
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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 remove data that shows up from 'strings' on a file?

I've downloaded a video via a website that forces a login. Thus, it knows my login. If I run the following on it, I get results that I do not want to have: strings video.mp4 | grep "my user name" ...
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Tool for visual directory comparison

This question is not about visual diff -- i.e. file comparison. Is there a tool which let me compare directory A and B (recursively), and as the output I would get two panes, with lists -- files in A ...
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Different results OS X/Linux with “find PATH -mount \( -type f -o -type d \) -print0 | LC_ALL=C sort --zero-terminated > OUTPUT.txt”

this command is part of a script I use for comparing files: find test/ -mount \( -type f -o -type d \) -print0 \ | LC_ALL=C sort --zero-terminated > OUTPUT.txt // test/ is the PATH ...
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Configuration files difference between 2 dirs of the same app

I have an application installed on 2 machines I upgraded the first application on one server and want to copy the installation from this server to the other one but there is changes in some conf ...
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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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Is this a good way to create a patch?

I would like to create a patch from a specific gcc branch comparing it to the official releases; so when I unpack the tarball from the stable release, I can apply the patch and get the equivalent of ...
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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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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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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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Tool in unix to subtract text files? [duplicate]

I have a large file composed of text fields separated by semicolons in the form of a large table. It has been sorted. I have a smaller file composed of the same text fields. At some point, someone ...
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diff --horizon-lines=lines explained

I found both these quotes on the same diffoption --horizon-lines=lines: Do not discard the last lines lines of the common prefix and the first lines lines of the common suffix. [source] The ...
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check two partitions by selecting random files and running sha1 hashes on two files of each partition

A previous answer to a post mentions to run sha1 hashes on an images of a dd drive clone image. Another answer to that post suggests mounting the dd image an then compare if the sha1 hashes of ...
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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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what does 1d0 mean in diff output? [duplicate]

Say you have two files file1 a b c d file 2 b c d e The first line of diff file1 file2 would be 1d0 I've read up on this and found that it means delete the lines in the first file at ...
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diff files within dirs listing by date modified

I was using MELD but it can't seem to sort by modification time, so I've been looking for a way to achieve something similar in terminal. I found a line of code find /path/to/dir1 /path/to/dir2 ...
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Git pager is less, but what is causing the output coloring?

less itself isn't capable of doing syntax highlighting, according to this thread. However, git diff nicely shows colored output in less, its default pager. When I redirect the output of git 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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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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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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Comparing directories in Emacs

I am experimenting with ediff-directories, but I am not sure I am using it correctly. I read in the documentation that, once I supply two directories to ediff-directories, if I press == Emacs ...
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How to diff files ignoring comments (lines starting with #)?

I've two configuration files, the original from the package manager and a customized one modified by myself. I've added some comments to describe behavior. How can I run diff on the configuration ...
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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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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 ...