Compares two files and displays the differences between them.
To make an ASCII comparison, use the following syntax:
FC [/A] [/C] [/L] [/LBn] [/N] [/T] [/W] [/nnnn][drive1:][path1]filename1
To make a binary comparison, use the following syntax:
FC /B [drive1:][path1]filename1 [drive2:][path2]filename2
Specifies the location and name of the first file you want to compare.
Specifies the location and name of the second file you want to compare.
Abbreviates the output of an ASCII comparison. Instead of displaying all
the lines that are different, FC displays only the first and last line
for each set of differences.
Ignores the case of letters.
Compares the files in ASCII mode. FC compares the two files line by line
and attempts to resynchronize the files after finding a mismatch. This
is the default mode for comparing files that do not have extensions of
.EXE, .COM, .SYS, .OBJ, .LIB, or .BIN.
Sets the number of lines for the internal line buffer. The default
length of the line buffer is 100 lines. If the files being compared have
more than this number of consecutive differing lines, FC cancels the
Displays the line numbers during an ASCII comparison.
Does not expand tabs to spaces. The default behavior is to treat tabs as
spaces, with stops at each eighth character position.
Compresses white space (tabs and spaces) during the comparison. If a
line contains many consecutive spaces or tabs, the /W switch treats
these characters as a single space. When used with the /W switch, FC
ignores (and does not compare) white space at the beginning and end of a
Specifies the number of consecutive lines that must match before FC
considers the files to be resynchronized. If the number of matching
lines in the files is less than this number, FC displays the matching
lines as differences. The default value is 2.
Compares the files in binary mode. FC compares the two files byte by
byte and does not attempt to resynchronize the files after finding a
mismatch. This is the default mode for comparing files that have
extensions of .EXE, .COM, .SYS, .OBJ, .LIB, or .BIN.