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    Default Is there a folder/file compare application?

    I'm a regular user of 'Beyond Compare' under windows. I value it's power and simplicity of use to allow me to keep my various archives updated and to implement a sort of crude but very flexible RAID1 archtiecture for data recoverability.

    Is there an application under Linux that offers a similar level of functionality and ease of use for dedicated folder and file comparisons. The old way of using a file manager to compare 2 directory lists by eye on screen is impractical when I have a couple of million files to maintain.
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    Default Re: Is there a folder/file compare application?

    Get familiar with diff command

    diff - Linux Command - Unix Command

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    I have a better gui solution but I'm actually more inclined to tell you to continue supporting Beyond Compare they have a linux version. It is by supporting software houses that we will be better supported in the future.

    But as many don't want to spend the extra install kdiff3
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    Default Re: Is there a folder/file compare application?

    You can try kompare and kdiff3 . They worked well for me.

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    Default Re: Is there a folder/file compare application?

    Quote Originally Posted by FeatherMonkey View Post
    I have a better gui solution but I'm actually more inclined to tell you to continue supporting Beyond Compare they have a linux version. It is by supporting software houses that we will be better supported in the future.

    But as many don't want to spend the extra install kdiff3
    Thanks, I was not aware of this. I'll have a look at it.
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    XEyedBear, I know it's not what you want, I hope you find BeyondCompare for Linux, but maybe give rsync a chance one day?

    The rsync options --dry-run --itemize-changes should be of interest. You can wrap everything up in a script and a GUI eventually.

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    > to implement a sort of crude but very flexible RAID1 archtiecture
    > for data recoverability.


    i don't know exactly what "RAID1 archtiecture" is or what it has to do
    with "data recoverability", but if all you you wanna do is make an
    exact copy of a folder (or folderS) and contents somewhere else, you
    need look no further than rsync..

    you can use ONE command to do the whole thing ("whole thing" meaning
    when you execute the command it will COMPARE all files in all
    designated folders and *automatically* update the copy to match the
    original)..

    you can even put single command into cron and have it run hourly,
    daily, or monthly as you wish..

    or put it under a icon that you can click anytime you feel like it..

    and rsync works to make copies on another partitions, other drives,
    networked machine's drives, or all the way around the earth to other
    countries!

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    Default Re: Is there a folder/file compare application?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    > to implement a sort of crude but very flexible RAID1 archtiecture
    > for data recoverability.


    i don't know exactly what "RAID1 archtiecture" is or what it has to do
    with "data recoverability", but if all you you wanna do is make an
    exact copy of a folder (or folderS) and contents somewhere else, you
    need look no further than rsync..

    you can use ONE command to do the whole thing ("whole thing" meaning
    when you execute the command it will COMPARE all files in all
    designated folders and *automatically* update the copy to match the
    original)..

    you can even put single command into cron and have it run hourly,
    daily, or monthly as you wish..

    or put it under a icon that you can click anytime you feel like it..

    and rsync works to make copies on another partitions, other drives,
    networked machine's drives, or all the way around the earth to other
    countries!

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    goldie
    Thank you for the suggestion, but the soliution you recommend has 2 characteristics that do not meet my needs:

    1. It is a command

    2. It does things automatically. That's the last capability I would ever give to any computer, having spent my early career working with control systems that did things 'automatically'!

    No, I need a GUI based solution and I want to be able to control it as if it were a command line - as I said: crude and flexible. My explanation is a vague, owing to lack of skill and vocaublary, but if you have ever used Beyond Compare you will immediately see why a simple, but 'volume' user like myself finds the product meets requirements.
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    Default Re: Is there a folder/file compare application?

    Quote Originally Posted by XEyedBear View Post
    Thank you for the suggestion, but the soliution you recommend has 2 characteristics that do not meet my needs:

    1. It is a command

    2. It does things automatically. That's the last capability I would ever give to any computer, having spent my early career working with control systems that did things 'automatically'!
    .

    Trust me, rsync is *very* reliable even if it's "automatic". If it wasn't, I won't be using it at work for years to backup 35 critical servers. It never failed once but I guess you'll never know until you try it yourself

    and you think command utilities are less reliable than GUIs? Think again

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    Default Re: Is there a folder/file compare application?

    You might could give Grsync a try. It's rsync with a GUI front-end.

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