This weekend I encountered a simple, but interesting topic, which concerns comparing the contents of two directories.
The fun part is that you don't need any additional utilities as standard
diff command is fully sufficient.
To compare contents of the
second_directory use the following command.
$ diff --brief --recursive first_directory second_directory
You reduce it a bit by using short options.
$ diff -qr first_directory second_directory
A sample output will look similar to the following.
Only in first_directory/_posts: 2014-09-02-how-to-compare-the-contents-of-two-directories.html Only in first_directory: _site Files first_directory/humans.txt and second_directory/humans.txt differ
You can also exclude specific files using the following syntax.
$ diff --brief --recursive --exclude *.html first_directory second_directory
Shorten previous command a bit.
$ diff -qr -x *.html first_directory second_directory
Now, sample output will not contain excluded files.
Only in first_directory: _site Files first_directory/humans.txt and second_directory/humans.txt differ