Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Command Reference
Tags: Windows Commandline Windows
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Compare two files (or sets of files). Display items which do not match

COMP [pathname1] [pathname2] [/D] [/A] [/L] [/N=number] [/C]


   pathname1 The path and filename of the first file(s)

   pathname2 The path and filename of the second file(s)

   /D        Display differences in decimal format. (default)

   /A        Display differences in ASCII characters.

   /L        Display line numbers for differences.

   /N=number Compare only the first X number of lines in the file.

   /C        do a case insensitive string comparison

Running COMP with no parameters will result in a prompt for the 2 files and any options

To compare sets of files, use wildcards in pathname1 and pathname2 parameters.

When used with the /A option COMP is similar to the FC command but it displays the individual characters that differ between the files rather than the whole line.

COMP will normally finish with a Compare more files (Y/N) prompt

to suppress this use ECHO n|COMP

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