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The dircmp command reads the directory files dir1 and dir2, then reads and compares files that are common to both directories via diff. It writes output to the standard output.
You can use it to clean up a duplicate directory. You may want to use it to update a backup directory. It provides an easy way to compare multiple files with only one command.

The  dircmp command  searches the two directories you specify for matching filenames. If a filename exists in both directories the two files are compared based on the diff command. A list is generated indicating if files with the same name are identical. If a file does not appear in both directories, it is listed as a unique file.

  dircmp dir1 dir2 | uniq

     Nov 12 16:41 1989 dir1 only and dir2 only Page 1


     Nov 12 16:41 1989 Comparison of bin misc Page 1


The first listing "dir1 only and dir2 only" states which files and directories are only in the dir1 directory and which are only in the dir2 directory. If the names are left-justified, they are in the dir1 directory. If they are preceded by a tab, they are only in the dir2 directory.

The second list "Comparison of dir1 dir2" is a comparison of files with the same name in the bin and misc directories. There are three possibilities in this listing. They are

directory name
different name
same name

The first signifies the two names are directories. The second states the contents of the two files are different. The third states the contents of the two files are the same.


Following is the general format of the dircmp command.

     dircmp [ -ds ] [ -wn ] >dir1 dir2


The following list describes the options and their arguments that may be used to control how dircmp functions.

-d If both directories contain a file with the same name, the two files are compared using the diff command with no options.
-s Suppress messages about identical files.
-wn Set the width of the output lines to be n characters. If -wn is not specified, the width is set to 72 characters.


The following list describes the arguments that may be passed to the dircmp command.

dir1 The directory to be searched for unique filenames not contained in dir2 and for filenames that are in dir2.
dir2 The directory to be searched for unique filenames not contained in dir1 and for filenames that are in dir1.


In this activity you use the dircmp command to compare two directories. Begin at the shell prompt.

1.  Type dircmp letters db | uniq and press Return. The uniq command simply reduces all duplicate blank lines to one line.
     cj> dircmp letters db | uniq

     Nov 12 16:41 1989 letters only and db only Page 1


     Nov 12 16:41 1989 Comparison of letters db Page 1

     directory    .
     different    ./file1

The first listing "letters only and db only" states which files and directories are only in the letters directory and which are in the db directory. If the names are left-justified, they are in the letters directory. If they are preceded by a tab, they are only in the db directory.
The second list "Comparison of letters db" is a comparison of files with the same name in the letters and db directory.



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