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Hey people,
I have two text documents. I basically want to determine whether they're different from eachother.
Also, can I retrieve the actual 'string(s)' that differ the two files? I'm mainly after the first question tho :)

Thanks,
[r.D]
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oferzinger earned 2000 total points
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here is a freeware diff class:
http://www.darwinsys.com/freeware/Diff.java
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by:DrWarezz
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Thanks. Could you give me an example of the use of this class please? -- If you've never used it before, then don't worry ;)

ThanQ :)
[r.D]
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there is a main class:

public static void main(String argstrings[])
      {
            if ( argstrings.length != 2 ) {
              System.err.println("Usage: diff oldfile newfile" );
              System.exit(1);
            }
            Diff d = new Diff();
            d.doDiff(argstrings[0], argstrings[1]);
            return;
      }

you can use the Diff class yourself inside your application:
            
Diff d = new Diff();
d.doDiff(yourStringA, YourStringB;
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Okay. However, the doDiff method, is of type 'void'. Thus, how do I know what the difference is? :o\

ta
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Ah, I've actually come up with some code that I can use to tell whether two files are different or not.

However, I appreciate your help, so I'll still award you the points :)

ThanQ,
[r.D]
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by:oferzinger
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it's rather simple from here:

the code includes some showXXX methods like
showsame()
showmove()
etc.
those methods write to std output.
replace the system.out calls to whatever your wish might be.
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