Fc Command In Windows Server 2008

This article explains the Fc command in Windows Server 2008 operating system and also explains its syntax.
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Fc command is used to compare two files against each other. When the comparison is completed Fc will return lines that differ between the files, if no lines differ user get a message indicating no differences encountered. Syntax for Fc command is given below.


fc /a [/c] [/l] [/lb<N>] [/n] [/off[line]] [/t] [/u] [/w] [/<NNNN>] [<Drive1>:] [<Path1>]<FileName1> [<Drive2>:] [<Path2>]<FileName2>

fc /b [<Drive1>:] [<Path1>]<FileName> [<Drive2>:] [<Path2>]<FileName2>

Parameters For Fc

Parameter Description
/a Abbreviates the output of an ASCII comparison.
/b Compares the two files in binary mode.
/c Ignores the letter case.
/l Compares the files in ASCII mode.
/lb<N> Sets the number of lines for the internal line buffer to N.
/n Displays the line numbers during an ASCII comparison.
/off[line] Does not skip files that have the offline attribute set.
/t Prevents Fc from converting tabs to spaces.
/u Compares files as Unicode text files.
/<NNNN> Defines the number of consecutive lines that must match following a mismatch.
[<Drive1>:][<Path1>]<FileName1> Defines the location and name of the first file or set of files to compare.
[<Drive2>:][<Path2>]<FileName2> Defines the location and name of the second file or set of files to compare.
/w Compresses white space during the comparison.
/? Shows help at the command prompt.

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