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    A have two different text lists. Different means size and almost different content.
    Every list contains words sorted alphabetically-one word per line.
    The length of the first list is about 2000 words (lines) and the second about 30 000.

    So the first looks like shown below:

    AA
    BB
    CC
    DD
    EE
    FF

    and the second one

    AAA
    AAAA
    AAAAA
    BB
    CCCCC

    All I'm just trying to do is finding which words are in both lists and export result to the third new list.

    When I try to compare above examples, everything works as expected and shows as a results one line (BB) but with my real text files it doesn't show the same lines although there are at least few the same words.
    I am a bit confused where is my mistake

    Thanx for reading

  • #2
    Under the Session Settings Alignment tab, try selecting "Alternate method" and be sure that "Never align differences" is checked.
    BC v4.0.7 build 19761
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    • #3
      Hi

      I am also having issues with comparing lists, check this thread.

      http://www.scootersoftware.com/vbull...ead.php?t=7057

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      • #4
        Thanx Michael. Whatever your suggestion does, everything works fine now.
        Very big thanx again

        @Indent
        I have read the whole thread.
        It seems comparing such lists is more complicated then comparing content of folders.

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        • #5
          Hi Chris224

          I assume I can post names of programs that are free ? If not please edit my post.

          I have found that WinMerge can sort text lists very quickly. Unfortunately it hasn’t got the capability to allow the user to select each different group. So although you can quickly find differences and matches you can’t do a lot about it ! ha ha !

          I have since found another commercial program that can sort my lists and delete one from another, I know this isn’t what you wanted but there are other sorters that can. I won’t post them as that wouldn’t be fait to BC because this is their forum after all !

          It seems comparing such lists is more complicated then comparing content of folders.
          Well it looks as if BC3 has a little trouble with folder mirroring also !

          http://www.scootersoftware.com/vbull...ead.php?t=7066

          To be fair I think BC is working on these problems, they have only been aware of them for about a week so it wouldn’t be fair to jump ship yet.

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          • #6
            Hello Indent,

            I posted a follow-up on your List examples at your thread, here:
            http://www.scootersoftware.com/vbull...?t=7057&page=2

            There are some configurations you can change to help make that comparison quite a bit faster.
            Aaron P Scooter Software

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