I want to know the individual difference between n files, so similar to this:

parallel --tag 'diff {1} {2} | wc -l' ::: * ::: *

A big problem here is binary files, and a single megalong line will count the same as a short line.

How do I generate a fuzzy diff over n files?


Use ssdeep to generate a hash file:

ssdeep `find .  -type f` > hash

This will give the pairs with 90% <= similarity < 100%:

ssdeep -m hash `find .  -type f` | grep -E '9[0-9].$'

This only works if long stretches (blocks of around 1% of file size) are the same.

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