File Compare 4 (FC4)

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Being able to comparing two text files is important to see and understand the difference. ;=)) I started this program way back when I found the DOS tools for this were very bad. The windows command line tools remain somewhat 'dumb', but (a) there is an excellent GNU Win32 port of 'diff' available in 'unxutils', and (b) there is the excellent WinMerge available now.

But as usual, my tool has some unique features, sometimes not available in others.


A command like -?, will show this help -

Compiled: Dec 22 2008 at 15:37:44
Informatique Rouge - FILE COMPARE UTILITY - December 22, 2008
Usage:      FC4  [/Switches]  FileName1  FileName2  [@InputFile]
Switches:   Must be preceeded by / or -, space separated, case insensitive.
 -? (or -H) = This simple help information.
 -B         = Simple Binary compare.
 -L[nnnn]   = Maximum lines of difference shown (Def=-L=No max.)
 -Mnnn      = Match nnn lines before output. Default=2
 -N         = Line Numbers ON.
 -OOutFile  = To write output to a file.
 -Q         = Quick exit, setting Errorlevel 1, on FIRST difference.
 -R         = Reverse compare 2 with 1.
 -V[n]      = Verbose Information n = 0:Silent 1:Default 8:Lots 9:Diags.
 -X[1|2|?]  = NOT Exact (1:Ignore Space, 2:Ignore CaSe, ?:Help)
 -> Errorlevel 1 if Different; 2 if ERROR and 3 if HELP shown, else 0.
 -> If used, the InputFile must contain line separated names or switches.
 -> Quick (-Q) forces -V0 ie zero verbosity and no output file.
                                                  Bonne comparison...



Some downloads ... as usual, take care downloading and running things from the web. It is highly recommended that you download the source, and compile it yourself. Microsoft offers an 'Express Edition' for free, of their C/C++ IDE tool, Visual C/C++ ...

Downloadable binary (e), and source (-) for WIN32
Date Link Size Notes Digest
22/12/2008 50,617 Runtime 9d9d855a59db72fbd3ec98dee5e33a31
22/12/2008 47,905 Source a4439ef3451116d7eb2f8407252bd4e5


If clicking on the above link does not start the download, try a right mouse click, and in the context menu that should appear, choose 'Save Target As...'. You will then have the choice where to save the zip file on your local disk... Windows XP and Vista will natively allow an unzip, or there are free tools like 7-zip to do this.

Have fun ;=))


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