File comparison is the process of comparing the contents of files, finding their common contents and their differences, usually using an automated tool

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Windows Server 2008R2 - Standard or Datacenter edition?

Which one should I install? I virtualize a lot, and have an access to my school's MSDNAA, where I can download/"buy" Windows 2008R2. All editions (with SP1). Which one should I choose? Standard or ...
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Check for duplicate files in two collections, ignoring duplicates within A

I have four similar large collections of website files. They are archived copies of a similar directory tree from different times in the past. I want to merge them all to the most recent collection, ...
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md5sum of files in two folders

I'm trying to compare all the files in two folders via an md5sum in one command. Some like the following (bash) in Debian: $ cd ~/FOLDER1 $ md5sum ~/FOLDER2/* | md5sum -c - The idea is that the ...
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List differences between remote folder (sftp) and local one

I wish to find a windows program (preferably with GUI) that will compare recursively a remote folder (SFTP) and a local one. I would like it to list all the files and folders that are different, ...
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Why using hexadecimal in computer is better than using octal?

What are benefits that hexadecimal provides? And is it really octal is less common than hexadecimal?
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GUI Software To Compare Two Files, Get “Clean” Export of Differences?

Is there a way to do a "clean" export of the differences between files? Not a diff, or even a formatted report... just a clean .CSV/.XLS/etc export. This is for people that are non-technical; we have ...
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GNU/Linux substitute for the Windows-based TreeComp tool

I miss the TreeComp tool from Windows on Linux. Does anybody know about a similar tool for Linux? I've tried Unison & Unison-gtk (slow and cumbersome), diff (various), meld, mc, rsync (immensely ...
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How to show linux “cmp” command progress?

Is there a way to show the progress when running the cmp command? Comparing large files or partitions using cmp can take a while. I have searched google and used man cmp, but failed to find any ...
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Know any file compare utility for chunks of text?

Is there any file-compare utility-software that can help me compare chunks of text from two text files ? As in, I want to know what chunks of text that are in one file can be found again in the ...
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FileZilla as local files manager - comparing files and directories on local disks

Is there a way to open local directory instead of server directory? Do you know if there is some plugin to make it avaible? I would like to use FileZilla as local file manager just to compare ...
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Find missing files from multiple backups, regardless the folder location

I have 6 backups of my PC wasting a lot of space, on an external hard disk, because all of them are full backups (not incremental) of my PC, meaning that the majority of the contents are duplicated ...
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Remote Desktop software: Why is Teamviewer so much faster than the open source competitors?

TeamViewer is faster compared to FLOSS alternatives concerning 2 aspects: The whole configuration process before the actual session: Determine IP, traverse through NAT & firewall, etc whereas in ...
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Fast large folder comparison utility on Mac (maybe Windows)

I am looking for a tool that could help me compare the contents of 2 big folders and detect what's changed in one of them (files added, modified, moved, copied) compared to the target. I also want to ...
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How can I compare two directories, one being a remote directory?

I want to compare two directories, one is local and the other is on another machine. How can I do that? Can I do it with diff?
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Compare two video files to find out which has best quality

Suppose I have same video material encoded in two (or more) files. I'd like to run some utility on them which groundly pointed out which file is "best" in quality. "Groundly" means that I'd like to ...
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Want a software which can create image based product comparison tables for websites

I'm looking for some software or web-based tool which can create image based comparison tables for putting on a website, which can be used to comparing different products .. However the angle is that ...
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What's going on with my 'if' comparison in bash?

bash input: if [[ 167 > 10800 ]] then echo "I can't compare" fi bash output: I can't compare I guess the question is pretty obvious...
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Checksumming an entire CD/DVD

I'm publishing a set of documentation to be delivered on CD. My Company's European production manager is concerned that he has no way to verify that the data on the discs he produces is correct. He ...
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comparing files on local and remote server

I'm using filezilla for my ftp client. But i'm missing a feature i had dreamweaver years back that would list the difference between mylocal and remote sites. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend ...
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See if folder x has all the files in folder z

I have 2 folders, and I want to know if folder#1 has all the files in folder#2 How can I check this?
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Looking for utility to look for identical blocks text within a *single* document

I want to look for duplicate blocks of text within the same document. Tools like WinMerge and Beyond Compare don't seem to do this. Does anyone know of a utility that can do this?
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ubuntu command: fc

Needing to compare two text files, I naturally thought to use fc and then I discovered that on ubuntu it is diff that would be the command. man fc indicates that the manual has no fc. Strangely when ...
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Comparing two strings in Excel?

I need to compare two strings in excel and determine if they are equal, the strings are in adjacent cells. For example, given: apple apple water water pear carrot apple water dog dog ...
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Compare Guitar Pro files

I am looking for a tool that can diff/compare Guitar Pro (5) files. Which of these file types should/could I use to compare tablatures? GP5 exports these file types: MIDI ASCII MusicXML GP5 These ...
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Pixel pushing power comparison: GeForce 8600 GT and modern Intel HD Graphics?

There's a similar question here. The answer has a useful link to a table on Tom's Hardware, however I don't think it entirely covers my question. The reason is that the latest generation Intel ...
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How to compare files with partially matching file names? (tools/software?)

Is there a tool/software to do this? I use Beyond Compare and am advised that the regex features it provides might make this possible, but I've not seen a working solution yet. Background, I'm ...
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What are the differences between virtualization technologies and products?

I am currently investigating how to set up virtualization on my laptop but I am having trouble finding a good source of information about what different virtualization technology is good at and how it ...
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Multi-platter hard disk performance guidance

I have a 1TB hard disk, and it has three platters. If I make three partition on each platter (where partitions C:, F:, and I: will be on the starting part of each platter) and I install as follows: ...
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What are the small details Windows and Linux users will trip on when using OSX for the first time?

Like any other Apple product, OS X prides itself on the little details. When, earlier last week, I used my professor's Mac briefly to give a quick project presentation (mine decided to do a chkdsk at ...
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How can I compare columns in Excel?

If I have two columns of data with 10000 cells in each, and only three of the rows are not identical in both columns, how can I locate the different ones (without comparing each pair of cells)?
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Performance of Multiple RAM Sticks Compared to Single Sticks

It's no secret that using two physical drives gives better performance than two partitions on the same physical drive; because there are two devices, they each have their own platters, head, caches, ...
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How to use WinMerge Excel plugin?

I know this works, because of this question - How do I compare two Excel documents? I have installed Newest WinMerge and http://freemind.s57.xrea.com/xdocdiffPlugin/en/index.html newest plugin(I ...
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Compare two computers

I would like to compare my notebook with my iPhone (about power (speed)). i need something that is really "official" or let's me make a clear statement because I'm using it for a bachelor thesis. is ...
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How can I compare the content of files in 2 different directories

Can you please tell me how can I compare the content content of each files under 2 different directories hierarchy? I am on MacOS X platform? Thank you.
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What explains the differences in testing on different antivirus comparison sites?

There's a whole range of antivirus testing sites on the web. Some are obviously linked to a certain brands, others far less obvious. I found a range of sites, all giving a rather different view on ...
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How to validate a DVD against an ISO

I have an ISO file and a DVD burned from that ISO file. Is there a way I can validate that the DVD contains the same as the ISO file and that nothing is wrong with the DVD? I have the tools available ...
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Directory trees merging tool

I have two directory trees - the damaged one and a backup/outdated one. I need a windows tool which will compare them up to files dates and content and show me a list of differences. Could you ...
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Comparing 128MB GeForce 8600GT and 512MB Radeon X1650

I'm trying to determine which is the better of these two video cards: 128MB Nvidia GeForce 8600GT card while the other has a 512MB ATI Radeon X1650 card. Both cards are the upper-level mid-range ...
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Check if there are changes on file system (Ubuntu 10.10)

I have to get my PC to the service because sometimes the system hangs and suddendly reboots without any reason. Anyway, I will create a test user if they want to start the computer. Moreover I think ...
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TextPad Tortoise Merge Tool

I am trying to create a custom tool in TextPad to call the Tortoise SVN merge tool. If I have two files open in TextPad, I want to diff them with TortoiseMerge by going to Tools -> TortoiseMerge in ...
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Mercurial: How I can use external tool for diff?

I want to use kdiff3 as a tool for comparing different versions of a repository. Is there a way how one can do it?
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What sound card is better and what should i take into consideration to consider it?

I have a Sound Blaster Live ! 24-bit 7.1 and a onboard sound card Realtek ALC889A codec High Definition Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel that comes on my gigabyte motherboard. What should i take into ...
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Comparing a folder with a git repository

I have a folder now once exported from a git repository, and the git repository itself: / /now/ /repository.git/ I'd like to compare the files in now to the current state of the repository. While ...
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Simple way to compare processors

Today, comparing processors is obviously not just looking at the frequency and the number of cores. When choosing a new PC, how do you compare processors? Is there some resource, like a site or ...
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Check which files in a folder are missing from another folder?

When copying photos from varying sources to my main archive, I'd like to copy only the files that are not already in the archive. rsync or file comparing applications like WinMerge and Meld can't seem ...
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WinTV or Windows Media Center?

I have Windows 7 Professional. I just bought a Hauppauge dual tuner card. It says I can install WinTV or use Windows Media Center. Which is better/has better support for all cable streams? What ...
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How to compare the contents of two PDF files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to compare the differences between two PDF files? I'm currently summarizing a PDF of a Course I will need to do again next year, it is possible that the contents of ...
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What should I look for in a TV Tuner?

I'm going to college. My college supplies a coax connection for TVs. I'd like to connect my computer to this connection so I can watch TV on my computer rather than having a separate TV. I've been ...
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Have Total Commander notice file changes when using FTP

I'm using Total Commander to copy compiled files to a server with FTP, but Total Commander often misses changed files during comparing if the file sizes haven't changed. Since I'm using FTP I can't ...
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Would Windows XP provide better performance than Windows 7 on Intel Atom Z520?

I've bought a netbook Asus Eee 1101HA with Intel Atom Z520 1,33GHz and Windows 7. Even though it is used for basic things (web browsing and simple photo edition in Picasa), its performance is ...