Contents of the TDCOMPAR.DOC file
Tools Disk Series
Version: 4.0 11/01/87
Purpose: Compare two text files
Syntax: TDCOMPARE filespec1 filespec2 [ options ... ]
Author: Jim Standley, Saxman Software
Language: TURBO Pascal
TDCOMPARE may be used to compare two text files. These are
files which use carriage return and line feed at the end of
each line. The most common use will probably be by
programmers to compare versions of source code.
The first file is called "File A", the second is "File B".
The program reports lines which match, lines which occur in
File A only, and lines in File B only.
When a no-match is found, TDCOMPARE attempts to get the files
back in step. If there are more than 120 unique lines in one
spot TDCOMPARE won`t get back in synch.
Blank lines may cause the program to think the files are back
in synch when they are not. Version 4.0 has some new code
which improves blank line handling, but the problem still may
Press any key while TDCOMPARE is running to terminate the
TDCOMPAR filespec1 filespec2 [ options ... ]
Filespec1 and Filespec2 name the two files to be compared.
TDCOMPARE searches the current directory, then each directory
in the path for the files, just the way DOS searches for
programs. If you specify drive or directory names, this path
searching is not done. Globals and wildcards are not
Options may be given after the two filespecs. They may be
abbreviated to the shortest unique truncation, which is in
caplital letters. If you really like the way UNIX and DOS do
options, you can use slashes with the keywords. Here are the
Match - Display matching lines
NOMatch - Suppress matching lines. Default.
Width nn - Truncation width of output in characters
Print - Send output to printer
Tofile filespec - Send output to a disk file
Verify - Display counts for identical files
NOVerify - Suppress output on identical files
FRomcol - Leftmost column to compare
FOrcol - Number of columns to compare
By default, the program prints a count of matching lines, but
not the matching lines. The default width is 80, and the
default output is to the screen.
TOFILE can be directed to any Turbo Pascal standard device.
For example, TOFILE PRN is exactly like PRINT and TOFILE CON
is exactly like the default.
The NOVERIFY option suppresses all file information output,
leaving only the identification displays. This was intended
for use with the PRINT option. If the files are identical,
nothing is printed at all.
FROMCOL and FORCOL may be used to compare one part of each
line while ignoring the rest. For example, COBOL programmers
might want to ignore statement sequence numbers. The
defaults are FROMCOL 1 FORCOL 255. If you display matching
lines, you will see lines from FILE A and you will not know
if there were non-matching characters in FILE B outside the
TDCOMPARE TDCOMPAR.PAS TDCOMPAR.BAK
TDCOMPARE TDCOMPAR.PAS TDCOMPAR.BAK TO TEMP
TDCOMPARE TDCOMPAR.PAS TDCOMPAR.BAK P M W 132
TDCOMPARE TDCOMPAR.PAS TDCOMPAR.BAK ( P M W 132
TDCOMPARE TDCOMPAR.PAS TDCOMPAR.BAK /P/M/W 132
When using slashes you don't need to separate the options
with spaces. You must have a space before the number of
characters for WIDTH or the filename for TOFILE. If you get
in the habit of using an open paren before the options (with
VM/CMS or other Saxman Software utilities) this program will
The DOS error level is set to help you control batch files.
Here are the possible values:
0 = Files equal
1 = Files not equal
2 = Input file A not found
3 = Input file B not found
4 = Invalid options
If TDCOMPAR is terminated in mid-run, the error level will be
0 or 1 depending on whether or not it found any mismatches
before it was stopped.
The latest versions of all Saxman Software utilities are
available on the Information Booth bulletin board. The BBS
is also a good way to contact the author.
The phone number is 316-684-8744. The Information Booth
supports baud rates from 1200-19200, 24 hours a day.
The Information Booth usually requires you to register and
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downloaded without registration. Saxman Software programs
are among them.
You might want to download TDTOOLS.ARC. This contains a text
file listing current versions of all the utility programs.
This program, in source and object form, is protected by
copyright law, and is NOT in the public domain. It is,
however, "user-distributed". It may be distributed freely in
any manner, with the following restrictions:
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Prior versions of this program with full-screen entry of
filespecs and options were distributed with DMS/PC, a screen
handling package for Turbo Pascal. The comparison routines
in this version are unchanged, except that trailing blanks
are removed from the input data. The command syntax is new
with version 3.0.
4.0 11/01/87 - Added blank line checking, FROMCOL and FORCOL.