File Compare (fc) —
C ompare the contents two files (or sets of files) line by line and display the differences between them.
Command Prompt →
fc file1 file2 [/a] [/c] [/lbn] [/n] [/t] [/w] [/offline] [/
nnn] [/l] [/l] fc /b filename1 filename2
File Compare (
fc.exe) compares the contents of
two files (or more, using wildcards) and displays the differences (if
any). If the files are identical,
differences encountered. If the files are different,
lists the differing lines. Here’s an
example of how
fc.exe is used:
Start with an ordinary text file, say,
Open it in Notepad, change one line, and save it into a new filename,
Marty.txt. Then open a command prompt
window, make sure you’re in the same directory as
the two files, and type the following:
fc bill.txt marty.txt
The output will look something like this:
Comparing files Bill.txt and Marty.txt ***** Bill.txt Way down Louisiana close to New Orleans Way back up in the woods among the evergreens There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood ***** Marty.txt Way down Louisiana close to New Orleans Way back up in the woods among the antihistamines There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood *****
For each line or sequence of lines that is found to differ in the two
fc.exe prints out a pair of excerpts from each of the files. The first and last line in each excerpt are what the two files have in common and are included ...
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