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X/ZTree 'Global compare' options and ZTreeNet...

Posted By: Mathias Winkler <>
Date: Tuesday, 26 January 1999, at 11:04 p.m.

In Response To: XtreeWin and Netware (Ion Mangir)

> TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (Developers ?)
> I love your File Manager (ZtreeWin) and I am a proud registered
> user.
> I would LOVE to see few feature added to ZtreeWin:
> A. Viewing the NDIR attributes of the files stored on a Novell
> 3.1x file server, i.e. Date Created, Date Accesed, Owner, etc.)
>
> B. Search files on the Netware file server according to their
> attributes (see above).

Question to the devleoper of ZTree, Kim Henkel:
Could it be you're thinking about making a "ZTreeNet" with
some/all of those features ?? (according to XTreeNet) ??

> C. Comparing one directory (like C:\TEMP) agains an entire
> directory tree or vice versa (an entire directory tree agains a
> single directory, ignoring it's subdirectories)
[...]
> 1. The user taps on either C (for compare) or ALT+C for directory
> structure compare.
> 2. A submenu will offer (Include source subdirectories? Yes
> No)
> If the answer is Yes, expand the first directory.
> 3. Prompt for the second directory.
> 4. A submenu will offer (Include target directory Yes No).
> If the answer is Yes, expand the second directory (target)
> before compare.
> 5. Offer the compare mode (Identical, Unique, New).

If I get you right, you can already perform a similar task
in both XTreeGold and ZTree:

- Make sure you have only logged your first dir, e.g.
C:\TEMP and your second one with its subdirs, e.g.
D:\TARGET
Note: This requires this particular ZTree config-setting:
Disk logging

4 Disk logging method (root only)

5 Log files in Disk root NO

- Hit 'G' to invoke the 'G'lobal view
The result is, you're viewing in a 'Global File view'
*solely* files both from your "source"-dir (C:\TEMP) and
from your "target"-dir/resp.branch (D:\TARGET)
- Then press ALT-F4, that invokes a special Compare menu,
looking as follows:

Show files with: Duplicate names Unique names
duplicates with: Identical dates Newest dates Oldest dates
global Scope (all/ across drives/ matching paths)

You certainly have to "play" with all these options a bit to
get used to them and to learn how they work; they look
simple but are extremly powerful (if unleashed...)
Does this serve your needs !?

> D. I would like to see an other option added, let's call it
> SAME, that would identify matching files with the same date and
> time stamp but have different size.

This would require the ability to select multiple compare
options in the menu described above, along with and added
"Size(identical/different)" or so option, I think..?

> E. I would also like to see an other option added, let's call
> it DIFFERENT, that would identify matching files with the same date
> and time stamp AND same file size, but have different contents (corrupted

IMHO this would be a hard task to do for a file manager,
because it seems to require a complete file-compare scan of
each individual file; I don't think this would be feasible.

Kind regards
Mathias

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