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Which is the best software for comparing text files side by side with the ability to edit them. Would prefer GUI, but not essential.

While I’m at it. Is Midnight Commander still the best 2 column file manager. Again, if there is a reasonably good GUI alternative, I’d like to hear about that also.

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On 04/26/2016 12:26 AM, stubble wrote:
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> Which is the best software for comparing text files side by side with
> the ability to edit them. Would prefer GUI, but not essential.

The classic way to do this is to use vi/vim, specifically via vimdiff.
The syntax is simple:


vimdiff /path/to/firstfile /path/to/secondfile

Once in there you can use Ctrl+w (twice) to toggle between “windows”
(sides/files) and you can make changes at any point, then save them just
like you would in vi/vim ( : followed by w). You can actually compare
three files at a time using vimdiff.

Meld is very good at this, and meets your needs for a GUI. Meld, too, can
compare three files at a time. What is really nice in the GUI is that you
can point to a directory and it will recursively compare everything
within, showing you what is different in the directory view and letting
you click on those files to see/edit them. If no changes between
particular files, it indicates that as well so you are not wasting your
time looking at identical files.

> While I’m at it. Is Midnight Commander still the best 2 column file
> manager. Again, if there is a reasonably good GUI alternative, I’d like
> to hear about that also.

mc is nice, yes.


Good luck.

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Thanks to all. I decided to use MC and Meld. Would there be a GUI clone of MC?