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    Check File in folder

    I have had an infuriating couple of days arguing with a vendor who denied that their application had crashed my test system. I placed two calls on the help area but refused that the two issues were connected even though they happened exactly at the time of installation.

    We have since proved that the installation had deleted a couple of DLL files from an application folder, we replaced these files from a previous installation from my Dev server and the whole thing sprung into life. This, as you can imagine, was a very arduous process but it worked.

    Does anybody know of a piece of software that will allow me to compare one folder/ subfolders with another folder set, check content for content and notify us of any differences?

    The reason I want to do this is that I am very very worried about doing this on my live environment if it is going to overwrite data and files. I am therefore going to do the installation in a virtual environment and run it and then do this comparison exercise and notate it in case I come across the problem during a live installation and can reconstruct the solution.

    Any ideas? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Check File in folder

    The open source program WinMerge has a Command Line interface, but I'm not sure whether its output can be customized precisely to your needs. (Without editing the source and recompiling the program, I mean.)

    For monitoring/logging installations, I used to use a PC Magazine utility program named InCtrl5 which recorded everything done during installation. But it has been several years and I don't know how/whether it works with Windows 2000/XP/2003. Also, it's not free anymore.

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    Re: Check File in folder

    Thanks

    I have just scanned through the HTML manual and this looks like a nice little application. It appears that drives can be mapped so I can check against two servers possibly.

    As I will be doing this in a virtual environment I think this is definitely worth a try...thanks again
    Jerry

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    Re: Check File in folder

    Hi Jerry,

    I'm not sure I understand what you're looking for. Is SyncToy any good? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Note: the (official) link I provide seems somewhat slow or not working. You can do an Internet search and will come up with some alternative sources.
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    Re: Check File in folder

    There is an ancient PC Mag DOS tool called DIRMATCH, but you have to put up with 8.3 format so it fits in the DOS window, and the US date and time format.

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    Re: Check File in folder

    Weren't those old PCMag Utilities great? Unfortunately, I think they are not free any longer, but the successor to DirMatch can be found here
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    Re: Check File in folder

    Total Commander is a versatile "Swiss army knife" utility that also has a folder compare/sync on board. It's shareware with a 30-day trial.

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    Re: Check File in folder

    Thanks Jan

    Worth a try and shall try that out on my Virtual Server where I can reuse it if necessary <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Check File in folder

    Hi,

    You could always try ViceVersaFree http://www.snapfiles.com/get/viceversa.html. I've had a quick look and it looks promising.
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    Re: Check File in folder

    Jerry,

    Sorry I didn't read your question earlier. What you are asking is native Windows WinDiff utility (C:Program FilesSupport Toolswindiff.exe). If you don't have Support Tools installed on your computer, install them from Windows Installation CD ( SUPPORTTOOLS ) or download from Microsoft website:

    Windows 2000 SP4 Support Tools
    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools
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    Re: Check File in folder

    Wow I am glad you have read it now...I'll get this downloaded on my return to work in January <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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