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Gunnar Hjalmarsson
February 18, 2009 21:08
Re: Reading 2 array lists
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Chas. Owens wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:59, Gunnar Hjalmarsson <> wrote:
>> Chas. Owens wrote:
> snip
>>> This is not the best way to go about solving this problem (use diff or a
>>> module like Text::Diff*),
>> If we are going to suggest a module, List::Compare would be more to the
>> point IMO.
> snip
> No, the lines should not make it out of the files into arrays in the
> first case.  Reading whole files into arrays is one of the reasons
> this code is bad.

Well, I see it as a directory comparison problem rather than a general 
file comparison problem. The reason that at least one of the listings 
had been saved in a file seems to be that the directory is located on 
some other server.

It's true that reading whole files into arrays often consumes memory 
unnecessarily, but give it a thought how much memory a complete text 
file comparison would have consumed.

> snip
>>> It is important to note that this algorithm only works if you care about
>>> unique lines. If you need to know that file1 has 5 lines of "foo" and file2
>>> has 4 lines of "foo", this code will not tell you that.
>> Since the files contain file names from directory listings, that cannot be
>> applicable to the problem at hand.
> snip
> Yes, but it is an important thing to note lest you try to use it for
> something else later.

Absolutely; this is not a general solution for comparing text files.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson

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