Folder Diff - file name equivalency only

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:12 pm
Hi,

Is there a way to set the equivalency/differences check to file name only in Folder Diff? In other words, consider the files equivalent if the file names are equivalent.

I have two identical folder structures on two different drives. The difference between the "left" and "right" folder branches is that the right branch only has shortcuts to the files in the left branch. I was hoping that I could use Folder Diff to check if all files in left branch have shortcut in the right branch and that the folder structure is the same. The actual filenames for the left branch files and right branch shortcuts are identical, but the file type, size and dates are different.

Right now when I use "Show files without peers" all files are shown as being without peers. Is there perhaps a rule I could create that would consider files with the same name to be peers?

Thank you in advance for any tips!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:39 pm
I'm not seeing a way to do this. I'll log a feature request for this functionality.
Linda Bauer
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:16 pm
Thank you for that. I have looked at great many directory compare utilities and can't find a single one that will allow this type of "file-name-only" compare. So far the only option seems to be to use DOS or such to create a list as a text file with file paths for each branch, remove start of the path and compare the two lists. So if I have, for example, identical "projectDelta" folder structures with files in one branch and shortcuts in the other branch, the compare should be successful:

Branch "Left" listing:
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C:\source\projectDelta\
C:\source\projectDelta\folderA\
C:\source\projectDelta\folderA\file1.htm
C:\source\projectDelta\folderA\file2.doc


Branch "Right" listing:
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F:\shortcuts\projectDelta\
F:\shortcuts\projectDelta\folderA\
F:\shortcuts\projectDelta\folderA\file1.htm
F:\shortcuts\projectDelta\folderA\file2.doc

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:05 pm
Sorry, but there's no real way to do that with DiffMerge.

You might install the cygwin tools and use bash, find, and
etc. to make the 2 lists of the files/links like you described.
(There is probably a way to do it using DOS-based tools,
but that hurts to think about.)

j

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:53 am
All,

I can see this link is pretty dead ... but just in case ...

Was there any update to DiffMerge to allow for comparing based on selection of just file name and/or size and or other specifics?

I am comparing video files that are large ... I really just want to see that the files are backed up and they are the same size. I am willing to risk that the internal "bits" or OK. I want to increase the speed of the diff.

Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:15 pm
All,

OK ... I don't want to be a killjoy here ... because I like Diffmerge. :) But in case it doesn't do the file name/size/date compare ... I tripped across Winmerge ... and it provides for the more simple file comparison.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:52 am
Sorry, but no that bug/feature has not been fixed yet.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:17 am
Jeff ... thanks for your help ...

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