GNU bug report logs - #26052
Feature suggestion: Identifying identical files

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Package: diffutils; Reported by: Victor Porton <porton@HIDDEN>; dated Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:05:02 UTC; Maintainer for diffutils is bug-diffutils@HIDDEN.

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Subject: Feature suggestion: Identifying identical files
From: Victor Porton <porton@HIDDEN>
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Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:01:43 +0200
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Let we have N files (or directories).

I want to split this N-element set into a partition (and display this
partition to the user) by "being identical" equivalence relation.

Note that being identical may sometimes be relaxed, for example the
amount of whitespace may not matter.

This utility would be useful for refactoring (restructuring) code when
several functions or modules are merged together, to find which code is
identical and which is not.

Concerning implementation: For strict equality (without relaxing it to
ignore whitespace or like this), it can be efficiently implemented
using hashes. For relaxed utility, `diff` needs to be invoked. Well,
sometimes relaxed equality can be also done with hashes: For example,
replace all sequences of spaces with one space before calculating the
hash.




Acknowledgement sent to Victor Porton <porton@HIDDEN>:
New bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to bug-diffutils@HIDDEN. Full text available.
Report forwarded to bug-diffutils@HIDDEN:
bug#26052; Package diffutils. Full text available.
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