Displaying Differences in Directories

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Displaying Differences in Directories

The directory comparison results are displayed as trees in both panes. If sub-directories are displayed, they can be collapsed and expanded by double-clicking the icons for them. The comparison results are indicated with colors and icons as described below.

dir_comp-results-symbols

The colors in which file names are displayed are significant. DiffDog displays the individual files in a Directory Comparison window in the following colors:

 

Black: The file is equal in the selected comparison mode.

dir_file-equal

Names of files that cannot be compared in the selected comparison mode are also displayed in black.

dir_file-nocomp

Blue: The file is present in the directory in which it is displayed, but not in the other directory.

dir_file-missing

Red: The file is present in both directories, but is not equal in the selected comparison mode. Note that the newer file is colored a brighter red.

dir_file-not-equal

Sub-directory names are always displayed in black.

 

Folder icons

The following icons are used for directories in Directory Comparison windows. Note that expanded directories are shown with their top right corners turned down (left icon):

 

ic_dirs-equal ic_dirs-equal-collapsed        Directories that contain files that are equal in the selected comparison mode are indicated with a blank body.
ic_dirs-unequal ic_dirs-unequal-collapsed        Directories that contain different files in the selected comparison mode are indicated with a not-equal sign.
ic_dirs-missing ic_dirs-missing-collapsed        Directories that contain files that are not present in the corresponding directory in the other pane are indicated with a blue exclamation mark.
ic_dirs_unequal-missing ic_dirs_unequal-missing-collapsed        Directories that have both extra files and different files are indicated with an exclamation mark and a not-equal sign.

 

ZIP and OOXML icons

The following icons for ZIP and OOXML files are used for directories in Directory Comparison windows:

 

ic_zip-equal If the ZIP archives/OOXML files contain files that are equal in both panes, the ZIP symbol displays two blank file icons.
ic_zip-unequal ZIP archives/OOXML files that contain different files are indicated with a not-equal sign.
ic_zip-missing ZIP archives/OOXML files that contain files that are not present in the corresponding ZIP in the other pane are indicated with a blue exclamation mark. Note that the exclamation mark is displayed in the pane where the additional file is located.
ic_zip-diffmiss ZIP archives/OOXML files that have both extra files and different files are indicated with an exclamation mark and a not-equal sign.

 

File icons

The following file icons are displayed in Directory Comparison windows:

 

ic_files-equal Files that are equal in the selected comparison mode are displayed with a blank body.
ic_files-unequal Files that are non-equal in the selected comparison mode are displayed with a not-equal sign.
ic_files-missing Files that are not present in the other pane are displayed with a blue exclamation mark.

 

Comparison symbols

The following symbols appear in the column between the two panes and indicate the results of the directory comparison, specifically the relationship between the files on either side of the symbol. Note that these symbols are only displayed for files and not for subdirectories.

 

ic_comp-equal Files are equal in the selected comparison mode.
ic_comp-unequal Files are different in the selected comparison mode.
ic_comp-nocomp Files cannot be compared in the selected comparison mode.

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