Compare binaryfiles with AHK

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Compare binaryfiles with AHK

07 Dec 2017, 08:51

It's easy to retrieve the size, datetime stamp of a file or folder, and then compare the result with another file.
But I don't found an instruction like this ..: FileCompare ...

Is it difficult to compare the binary content of two files with AHK?
Will the solution be slow?

Re: Compare binaryfiles with AHK

07 Dec 2017, 08:57

Calculate a hash of a file crc32, md5 demo with Gui although I believe is the 'latest' code by jNizM (check the hash functions)
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Re: Compare binaryfiles with AHK

07 Dec 2017, 14:23

This is the function that I use currently:

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JEE_FilesMatchContents(vPath1, vPath2)
	FileGetSize, vSize1, % vPath1
	FileGetSize, vSize2, % vPath2
	if !(vSize1 = vSize2)
		return 0
	if (vSize1 = 0) && (vSize2 = 0)
		return 1
	;FileRead, vData1, % "*c " vPath1
	;FileRead, vData2, % "*c " vPath2
	oFile := FileOpen(vPath1, "r")
	oFile.Pos := 0
	oFile.RawRead(vData1, oFile.Length)
	oFile := FileOpen(vPath2, "r")
	oFile.Pos := 0
	oFile.RawRead(vData2, oFile.Length)
	return !DllCall("msvcrt\memcmp", Ptr,&vData1, Ptr,&vData2, UPtr,vSize1, "Cdecl Int")
Some related info:
conversion logic, v1 = -> v1 := -> v2, two-way compatibility - Page 5 - AutoHotkey Community ... 80#p169780

The problem with the function above is that it loads the file into memory before comparing, I don't know if there's a better approach that operates on files directly.
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Re: Compare binaryfiles with AHK

08 Dec 2017, 10:56

Here's a method from Christian Ghisler that takes 3 approaches.
1. Check file sizes
If identical,
2. Compare small pieces of the files
If identical,
3. Calculate MD5

Because this method is performing small spot checks rather than reading the entire file, it often detects differences very quickly.

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Re: Compare binaryfiles with AHK

13 Dec 2017, 06:06

For comparing two files, jeeswg's function is the best suggestion here imo. There is no point in calculating hashes in this case. In case of very big files I'd avoid reading the entire file unconditionally. You could loop chunks of 50-500 mb perhaps. One could even start at a small size and then increase. If you want to compare many files against each other, hash is good.


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