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    After doing a folder compare I’m not seeing any icon indicating that files contained deep inside other folders are different. That is I have folder A, B and C with a file in folder C. Folder C is in folder B and folder B is in folder A. If I have two directory structures like this and I compare them and file the file in folder C is different shouldn’t I see a red icon next to folder A when it is collapsed?

    Some info: I am using the demo version of Beyond Compare 3, so this might be a feature that is turned off in the demo?

    I’ve used Beyond Compare 2 at work and I’ve always seen the icons next to folders if files in those folders are different. Is there a setting somewhere I’m missing?

    Thanks for any ideas or help!

  • #2
    Hi Adam,

    You're mistaken about how BC2 works. Neither it or BC3 display anything in the center column of folders. If a folder has a difference within it it should be colored red to show that.
    Zoë P Scooter Software


    • #3
      Originally posted by AdamP View Post
      I’ve used Beyond Compare 2 at work and I’ve always seen the icons next to folders if files in those folders are different. Is there a setting somewhere I’m missing?
      I expect that you have BC2 set to do a binary comparison rather than a date/time/size comparison. To do the same thing in BC3, open a folder compare session, open the session settings (referee button on the toolbar) and select the Compare Contents check box and the Binary comparison option. If you want BC3 to always perform binary comparisons, choose the "Also update session defaults" in the dropdown at the bottom of the dialog and click OK to save your changes.
      BC v4.0.7 build 19761


      • #4
        Thank you both for your help. Craig, you are correct, I mispoke. I do not see icons next to the folders. Actually what I seen in BC2 was the actual icon of the folder changed to red or red and blue. This indicated to me that some file inside the folder was not the same (left vs. right sides)

        Michael, I followed the procedure you have outlined, to make my default comprare a binary compary. Once I do a full scan of all the files (using the =? button) the folders are still staying the default yellow color. If I change the view to view only changes (using the red = with a slash through it) Only the folders with different files (left vs. right) do indeed show up, but still only as the default yellow color.

        I hope I have explained the issue better. Sorry for the lack of proper communications before.


        • #5
          If there is anyway I can upload a screenshot (a picture is worth a 1000 words right?) I'd love to do that.


          • #6
            If your folders are staying yellow, that means they are not being scanned automatically. In the Session Settings, select the Handling tab and enable Automatically scan subfolders in background.

            Does that help?
            Tim T Scooter Software


            • #7
              You might have disabled folder coloring too. There's a setting to do so in the Folder Compare section of the Options dialog. If it's unchecked the folders stay yellow even if they're fully compared.
              Zoë P Scooter Software


              • #8
                ahhhhh that was it! There was a setting in Options->Folder-Views->Display named "Color Folders to reflect contents" It was off! I checked it and the app is working perfectly now!

                Although there is no way to know now, I sware I didn't uncheck that. It leads me to believe it's off by default? Well no matter, I'm glad it's solved.

                Thank you all so much for the help.


                • #9
                  I'm not sure how that setting got changed on your system. It is not default. I've never seen it on my system.

                  By the way, be aware that the binary compare will slow down your initial scans. If you don't have a need for it, you may want to revert BC3 back to Quick tests.
                  BC v4.0.7 build 19761


                  • #10
                    Dear All,

                    I'm using version 3.0.7 build 9037 and folders with different content stay yellow, even if I applied all the tricks suggested above (see screenshot).

                    I'm sure I must be missing something... any advice will be greatly appreciated.

                    Corrado Fiore


                    • #11
                      In your screenshot, .htaccess is gray on both sides, which means the content comparison for it failed. Check the log at the bottom of the BC window (View->Show Log) for errors.
                      Zoë P Scooter Software


                      • #12
                        Hi Craig,

                        thanks for your prompt reply. I cleared logs and retried to do a full refresh, but nothing changed. The log contains no errors, and BC still displays no size for remote files.

                        Those gray .htaccess files you noticed in my screenshot are actually identical. If I double click on their row, the editor opens and shows there are no differences. Once I close the editor, the parent folder changes color accordingly. Hope you can give me some more direction

                        Thanks for your help.

                        Best regards,
                        Corrado Fiore
                        Last edited by corradofiore; 07-Oct-2008, 04:07 AM.


                        • #13
                          The problem is that it appears that your FTP server isn't returning sizes for the files. BC doesn't perform content comparisons on files that don't have sizes (to keep it from doing it twice after file operations). What kind of server software are you running?
                          Zoë P Scooter Software


                          • #14
                            Hi Craig,

                            I'm using WU Ftpd 2.6.2:

                            220 [mydomain] FTP server (Version wu-2.6.2(1) Thu Jun 23 13:09:59 IDT 2005) ready.

                            Looking at the transfer logs generated by another client (Interarchy for Mac), I can see that filesizes are returned correctly by the FTP server. See for example the following excerpt:


                            227 Entering Passive Mode (208,131,135,5,191,247)
                            LIST -a
                            total 136
                            drwxr-xr-x 10 vuser 4096 Oct 10 12:57 .
                            drwxrwxr-t 16 vuser 4096 Oct 10 14:21 ..
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 586 Oct 10 14:46 .htaccess
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 47635 Oct 10 08:49 CHANGELOG
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 4505 Oct 10 08:49 INSTALL
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 15129 Oct 10 08:49 LICENSE
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 2237 Oct 10 08:49 README
                            drwxr-xr-x 2 vuser 4096 Oct 20 2007 SQL
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 3728 Oct 10 08:49 UPGRADING
                            drwxr-xr-x 2 vuser 4096 Oct 10 12:45 bin
                            drwxr-xr-x 2 vuser 4096 Jan 25 2008 config
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 8021 Oct 10 08:49 index.php
                            drwxr-xr-x 3 vuser 4096 Oct 10 12:57 installer
                            drwxr-xr-x 2 vuser 4096 Jan 25 2008 logs
                            drwxr-xr-x 7 vuser 4096 Oct 20 2007 program
                            -rw-r--r-- 1 vuser 26 Oct 10 08:49 robots.txt
                            drwxr-xr-x 3 vuser 4096 Oct 20 2007 skins
                            drwxr-xr-x 2 vuser 4096 Oct 14 07:40 temp
                            150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
                            226 Transfer complete.


                            Also please note that BC2 works flawlessly with it (by setting date comparison off and rules comparison on).

                            Thanks for your help, best regards,
                            Corrado Fiore


                            • #15
                              Hi Corrado,

                              Today's release (3.0.8) should have this fixed.
                              Zoë P Scooter Software