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Re: any program that search for same files?

On 10/14/18 3:06 PM, Long Wind wrote:
given two directories, the program can print files that are in both directories

to make it easy, if file name and size are same, then they are same

i've to admit my memory is poor, if good, who need such program?

i'm about to write it in java, it can be completed in a few hours but
i think there might be simple solution

On 10/14/18 3:19 PM, The Wanderer wrote:
Sounds like a perfect case for rdfind.

On 10/14/18 3:39 PM, Håkon Alstadheim wrote:
fdupes or jdupes fit the bill.

On 10/14/18 6:11 PM, Erik Christiansen wrote:
What I use with full satisfaction is just "diff -qr dir1 dir2"...

On 10/15/18 8:14 AM, Andrew McGlashan wrote:
diff -s

On 10/16/18 12:53 AM, Long Wind wrote:
it seems all those packages compare contents of files but my definition of same file is same name and size and should run much fast

and they seem to search all directories for same files and this is different from my requirement

my ideal program should take two directories as argument and print files that are in both directories

i don't care same files within one directory

my ideal program can also take one directory as argument and print same file in it if more than two directories are given, then first directory is searched, all files that are also in other directories are printed

it seems i have to write it in java

is there users' interest for such program?

It sounds like you want a script to meet your specific needs.

It is my belief that writing a general-purpose file system metadata
search utility is a non-trivial task.  Take a look at find(1) to get an
idea of the scope of the most obvious related utility:


Here is a Perl 5 script I wrote years ago to compare the modification times of same-named files in two directory trees:


It could be modified to meet your requirements.

I suggest that you start at the small end -- writing scripts to meet specific needs:

1.  Pick a scripting language.

2.  Define the requirements of the script.

3.  Design, construct, test, debug, and document the script.

4.  Integrate the script into your system administration processes.

Bonuses include:

1.  Use a version control system.

2.  Use an issue tracking system.

While you could use Java, understand that a Java runtime environment must be installed for Java apps to work. sh, bash, perl, and/or python are supported OOTB by many OS distributions, which makes it easier to run your scripts inside fresh install, rescue, live, and other restricted environments.