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(in the Linux Terminal)

I used

diff --recursive --brief dir1 dir2

and it tells me that

File dir1/file and dir2/file differ

But then, I try:

diff dir1/file dir2/file

and there is no output (which I assume means it found no differences between the files this time).... What gives?

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I think your --brief is the problem ... without this option also it will only compare files with same name..

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According to the man page, --brief only outputs whether files differ. So I don't see any connection with the OP's problem. – mpy May 29 '13 at 9:48

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