Re: FW: Document Comparison Tools

Subject: Re: FW: Document Comparison Tools
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2002 12:47:38 -0700

Jason Willebeek-LeMair wrote

Sandy asked: Do DOS and Windows have a version of diff built in? Microsoft
copied several of the standard Unix text utilities for DOS 2.0, but I don't
recall if they did this one.

(from Windows2000 online help)

Compares the contents of two files or sets of files byte by byte.

Comp is similar, but it's not diff. diff is much more versatile: it has useful options for binary and C (or C-like) files,to recreate one file from another, to ignore particular lines, and otherwise customize behavior.Then there's diff3, which can be used to compare and merge three files.

As a Linux user, I'm obviously biased, but DOS and Window commands always seem very limited when I have to use them. No wonder people have a command line phobia when their main experience is DOS; there's so few options and control compared to BASH or other UNIX shells.

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