Folder comparison app for one-off comparisons/merges

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ozaz, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    I currently use GoodSync to compare and sync folders. The process of comparing the contents for a new pair of folders involves
    1) creating a new job name
    2) selecting the folders to compare
    3) confirming sync/backup settings
    4) Hitting an analyze button to run the comparison

    This multi-step process is because the app is designed for running defined jobs repetitively. But it is annoying when all I want to do a quick one-off comparison of two folders I have not previously created a job for.

    Can anyone recommend a folder comparison / sync app that lets me quickly select two folders (e.g. by drag an drop) and runs a comparison of contents using default settings before requiring me to decide on any sync job names and sync settings?
     
  2. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    What's your OS? I've read that Lion does folder merges, but I don't have Lion yet. It might not meet all your requirements, but check it out if you have Lion.
     
  4. ozaz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the suggestion but I have a bit of an aversion to paid apps that don't provide trial versions, regardless of how cheap, so further suggestions would be very welcome.

    Thanks. I do have Lion and I didn't know that.
    But it seems to require both the folders to have the same name and often I just want an overview of the differences rather than committing to a merge
     
  5. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    I use Terminal and the diff command. Since it's built into OS X (i.e., free), you might want to try it. It will tell you which files are different and which files are only in one folder and (optionally) which files are the same:

    diff
    -r Recursively compare any subdirectories found
    -q (or --brief) Output only whether the files differ, not the differences themselves
    -s Report when two files are the same


    Open Terminal.app and type the following line, adding a space at the end:
    Code:
    diff -rqs 
    Now drag folder1 into the Terminal window, then drag folder2 into the window. Ensure Terminal has the keyboard focus, and hit Return. It's pretty quick and easy, I think.

    Regards,
    Brian33
     
  6. ozaz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the clear instruction. It is quick when you know the command.

    However, I'd still rather find an app as I easily forget terminal commands and having to look them up defeats the purpose of having something fast. Also, I'd like a bit more details in the output (file sizes, dates modified etc).
     

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