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Directory Compare - Other Options

Directory Compare - Other Options dialog

Dialog Box Options

Misc
  • Time difference to ignore
    If file timestamps differ by less than this number of seconds, the timestamps are considered identical.

  • Time zone / DST difference
    Use this field to specify a time zone or DST difference between two directories. Timestamps of matching files which differ by this offset (+/- time difference in seconds, see previous section) will be considered identical.

  • Print file diffs when printing directory diff report
    Select this option if you want to print diff report for each pair of changed files while printing a directory diff report. Note: this option will not work if you decide to print directory diff report to a file.

  • Process reparse points for subdirectories
    If this option is set, the program will process reparse pints (junctions) by following their links. This option may lead to infinite recursive looping through directories if, for example, a junction point links a directory that is a parent of the junction's own directory.

  • Run new instance when comparing SUBDIRECTORIES
    Spawn a new ExamDiff Pro window when subdirectories are compared from directory comparison panes using double-clicking, Compare Matched Files/Directories, or Compare Selected Files/Directories commands, without closing the original directory comparison window.

  • Run new instance when comparing FILES
    Spawn a new ExamDiff Pro window when files are compared from directory comparison panes using double-clicking, Compare Matched Files/Directories, or Compare Selected Files/Directories commands, without closing the original directory comparison window.

  • Allow to copy files TO and FROM in directory comparison
    Select this option if you want ExamDiff Pro to allow copying files or directories to and from directory in the active pane. If this option is not selected, ExamDiff Pro will only allow copying from the active directory, thus making the operation a little safer. This option affects both main directory comparison menu (Edit | Copy from First to Second Directory and Edit | Copy from Second to First Directory commands) and directory comparison context menu (Copy to OTHER Directory and Copy to THIS Directory commands).

  • Timestamp copied files with current time
    If this option is set, ExamDiff Pro will set the modified time of all files/directories copied from one pane to another to the current time.

  • Show empty directories in recursive comparison
    Select this option if you want to see empty directories in recursive comparison.

  • Enable renaming on second mouse click
    This option allows you to begin renaming files or directories by clicking the label of an item that has the focus.

  • Highlight newer/older dates for identical items
    By default, items marked as identical are uniformly colored by the Identical color. Use this option to color timestamps of these items with the Newer/Older colors.

  • Use parallel full comparison
    This option toggles parallel full comparison on or off.

  • Cache diff results for Drill Down/Go Up navigation
    By default, if you use the same instance of ExamDiff Pro to compare items from directory comparison (see above), the program will perform recompare directories every time you choose to navigate up one level. If this option is used, cached diff results from the previous comparison will be used instead. The cache will be reset if you recompare directories manually, or if a file operation (copy or delete) was performed.

Backup
  • Back up files replaced during Copy operations
    Selecting this option means that whenever you copy (or move) a file from directory A to directory B, if directory B already contains a file with the same filename, the original file will be moved to a backup subdirectory.

  • Subdirectory for backup
    This is the subdirectory, relative to the compared directory, in which backups are stored.

  • Make it a hidden directory
    Select this option if you want the backup directories to receive the Hidden attribute.

Background thread for parallel full comparison, CRC and version calculations (advanced)
If CRC and/or Version columns are selected, since calculation CRCs (especially for large files) and retrieving version information may be very time-consuming, such calculations are done as a background task (a separate thread) after comparison is finished. Also, if parallel full comparison is enabled above, full file comparison is performed for each pair of files in a background task as well. In such cases a small progress bar appears in the first pane of the main status bar, and visible files are updated as soon as their CRCs or versions are determined. You can modify the thread priority by selecting one on the combo box values (the default priority is Idle)

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