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FILECOMPARE Does Not Count Blank Lines

Article ID: 51078

Article Last Modified on 11/16/2006


  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.01 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0a

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The following FC (FILECOMPARE) command should compare file1 to file2, ignoring white space and adding line numbers to the differences report:

   fc /w/n file1 file2

Blank lines should be counted when computing the reported line numbers; however, they are not counted.

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in MS-DOS versions 4.x and 5.x. This problem was corrected in later versions of MS-DOS.

Additional query words: 4.01 5.00

Keywords: KB51078