Comparing two lists

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sat May 7 06:38:24 UTC 2011

On 07/05/2011 01:09, Rolf Nielsen wrote:
> I have two text files, quite extensive ones. They have some lines in
> common and some lines are unique to one of the files. The lines that do
> exist in both files are not necessarily in the same location. Now I need
> to compare the files and output a list of lines that exist in both
> files. Is there a simple way to do this? diff? awk? sed? cmp? Or a
> combination of two or more of them?


Which does exactly what you want -- showing lines that belong to one
file or another, and lines that belong to both.  The limitation is that
the files need to be sorted before being compared.



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