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Software App That Can Compare 2 Text Files?


kaseytraeger
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I'm trying to find a text editor or another similar program that can take two .txt/.htm/.css/.php/.js/fill-in-the-extension ... files and compare them to determine if the two files have the exact same content. Does anyone know of a program or tool that does this?

 

Thanks.

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Wow, it looks like there are quite a few out there. I'll have to check out those that have been suggested.

 

BTW, does "diff" stand for "difference/different"?

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"diff" is (originally I believe) a unix command to find the differences between two files. That's where a lot of these programs get the name from most likely.

 

So yea, it's short for differences. :)

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I've tried downloading the two apps from Sourceforge (Meld and KDiff3), but I must be doing something wrong because when I try to decompress the tar ball, my decompressing app tells me that the files are empty, even though when I look in File Explorer, it shows that the tar balls actually have some mass (e.g., the Meld tar.gz file is 357K and the KDiff3 file is 1435K).

 

I first uploaded these tar balls to my web space and tried using cPanel to extract. That didn't work. So I downloaded SimplyZip (http://www.sofotex.com/Simplyzip-download_L7200.html) to try to decompress the files on my local machine, but that program also couldn't open KDiff3 or Meld.

 

Have you any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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That's odd... :huh:

Kasey, I remember WinZip and WinRar could handle .tar.gz pretty well. I'd suggest you try WinRAR (http://rarlabs.com/ - it used to be my favorite compression tool for windows).

 

I did forget to mention one thing, though: Meld is a visual diff tool for Linux/Gnome... I don't know if it works in Windows (assuming you're using Windows, that is) ;)

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For the KDiff3 program there is a specific download and it is in .EXE format for Windows.

Thanks for the reminder, Bruce. Apparently, I didn't look closely enough at the download page and just clicked on the first link. If I had looked 0.5 cm below, I'd have seen the .exe download.

 

I just installed KDiff3 and it seems to be working. Now I need to learn how to really work the tool!

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I did forget to mention one thing, though: Meld is a visual diff tool for Linux/Gnome... I don't know if it works in Windows (assuming you're using Windows, that is) :(

Unfortunately, yes, the computer I need to use the program on is a WinXP machine. I ended up installing KDiff3.

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