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ediff-directories - how to ignore timestamps and work recursively

From: Stefan Vollmar
Subject: ediff-directories - how to ignore timestamps and work recursively
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:54:26 +0200

Dear Michael,

> From: Stefan Vollmar <address@hidden>
> Date: 4. September 2013 08:06:31 MESZ
> To: Org Mode Mailing List <address@hidden>

> Hello,
> I want to compare two directories and see what files are different, however, 
> the comparison should ignore timestamps of files. Is there a simple solution?
> I had assumed that ediff would also consider files in subdirectories of the 
> directory paths given for comparison. Apparently, it does not do that in 
> Emacs 23.4.1 - is there a "recursive" option?

On 04.09.2013, at 09:56, Michael Albinus wrote:

>> You might have better luck on the emacs list.

that was actually what I had in mind, my mistake.

>>  That said, did you look
>> at `ediff-directories'?
> That's also my tool of choice. Combined with the key sequene "= h x",
> which shows you only the files which differ.

that works beautifully, thanks! However, there are a few files in one directory 
with no corresponding files in the other directory - they are easy to miss in 
my case (1000+ files). I luckily knew about them so I noticed that 
ediff-directories does not list them - is that by design?

> `ediff-directories' is not recursive, but it gives you also subdirectory
> pairs to compare. Just hit enter on such a pair.
> As bonus, it even works for remote directories.

- courtesy of the extremely useful tramp-package (which we use every day for 
editing remote files)?

Warm regards,
Dr. Stefan Vollmar, Dipl.-Phys.
Head of IT group
Max-Planck-Institut für neurologische Forschung
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