URGENT: I need an app to compare file contents

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by covertsurfer, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. covertsurfer macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone recommend a free application that will compare the contents of two files? Thanks!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    What types of files? Compare them and do what?
     
  3. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Text based files just to show me the differences
     
  4. veedow macrumors newbie

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  5. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

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    It's called diff. Been around for ages. "man diff" at the command prompt to view the manual page.

    Google could have easily given you this answer lol.
     
  6. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

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    So you downloaded and installed something new, instead of just using the proven file compare tool that's already on your system? :confused: Whatever floats your boat I guess...
     
  8. sammich macrumors 601

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    Yeah, what was the point of asking?

    Anyway, the one that comes with the system comes part of the developer package under Developer -> Applications -> Utilities -> Filemerge. It's a brilliantly simple app.

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  9. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Because I was unaware of that tool in the Developer Tools. Why would I want to install a massive Developer Tools system to use just one program unless I can just install that app?
     

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