Directory and file comparison tool for X?

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Sat Jun 10 00:40:51 UTC 2006

On Fri, 9 Jun 2006 20:56:17 +1000 (EST)
Ian Smith <smithi at> wrote:

> Re: freebsd-questions Digest, Vol 137, Issue 55
> Hi Beto,
> (offlist as it's just a silly answer, not one for X)

Hey Ian,
thx, not a silly answer at all
>  > I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to compare directories
>  > (recursively) showing what files are different,etc. meld ( textproc/meld )
>  > can do this to some extent, showing missing files,etc, but not showing
>  > what files are different withoug having to open each file and do a diff.
> Well of course 'diff -r dir1 dir2 | less' does that well in an xterm :)

yeah, but it's just way too verbose. something that allows very quick
determination of differences / missing files, transfer them from one tree to
another,etc. Specially for LARGE trees.

> But I guess you're after a more pointy clicky solution :)

not because of point+click per se, but yes for faster overview of things.

> Cheers, Ian
> just checking for myself ..

> % diff bittorrent/ bittorrent2/
> diff bittorrent/differingfile bittorrent2/differingfile
> 1,2c1,3
> < this one in bittorrent dir

yeah.. i tried this with 2 src trees with over 1.2 K  files each... it was way
too much to digest quickly :D

thx :)

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