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Would one of you be kind enough to recommend an application that would look at the contents of one folder, note the file names, and then into a second folder for matches to those files and delineate the non-matches (or files unique to the second folder)? THX!!!...

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    Would one of you be kind enough to recommend an application that would
    look at the contents of one folder, note the file names, and then into
    a second folder for matches to those files and delineate the
    non-matches (or files unique to the second folder)?

    THX!!!
    Lori Guest

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    Lori wrote:
    > Would one of you be kind enough to recommend an application that would
    > look at the contents of one folder, note the file names, and then into
    > a second folder for matches to those files and delineate the
    > non-matches (or files unique to the second folder)?
    >
    Is this for OS X? This is essentially what synchronizinf programs do
    for back ups, but if you want to get a little taste of the command line
    you can do this:

    Let's say that you have two folders/directories in home call photos and
    oldphotos:

    home$ ls
    photos/
    oldphotos/

    then type a command to list the contents of a directory and write to a
    file called list:

    home$ ls photos/ > list

    then do it again for the other folder:

    home$ ls oldphotos/ > oldlist

    Lastly, run a diff on these to files:

    home$ diff list oldlist

    you will get something like:

    < grandma
    > grandpa
    which means that grandma is in photo (and not in oldphoto) and
    grandpa is in oldphoto while not in photo.

    This is far from elegant and could be done _much_ easier, but it opens
    the doors to OS X command line stuffs and also how this sort of thing is
    done in an app with a gui.

    cheers.

    moon Guest

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    Doc O'Leary wrote:
    > In article <bdhn50$173$1geraldo.cc.utexas.edu>,
    > moon <harvest-thismail.utexas.edu> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Is this for OS X? This is essentially what synchronizinf programs do
    >>for back ups, but if you want to get a little taste of the command line
    >>you can do this:
    >
    >
    > [convoluted example snipped]
    Convoluted! _Convoluted_. Serpentine, maybe. Verbose, likely.
    Borderline pedantic, certainly. But never convulted. Hmph.
    >
    > A graphical version of diff comes with the developer tools and is called
    > FileMerge. It is very nice.
    Thanks, have it and never thought to use it.

    wheat Guest

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