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Compares the contents of two files or sets of files.

COMP [data1] [data2] [/D] [/A] [/L] [/N=number] [/C] [/OFF[LINE]]

data1             Specifies location and name(s) of first file(s) to compare.
data2             Specifies location and name(s) of second files to compare.
/D                  Displays differences in decimal format.
/A                  Displays differences in ASCII characters.
/L                   Displays line numbers for differences.
/N=number    Compares only the first specified number of lines in each file.
/C                  Disregards case of ASCII letters when comparing files.
/OFF[LINE]  Do not skip files with offline attribute set.

To compare sets of files, use wildcards in data1 and data2 parameters.


Unless the N: option is used, only the size of the file is compared.


comp file1.txt file2.txt

comp document2.txt document1.txt /N=10

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