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Old 10-17-2013
What output do you get from the 'same files' diff?
diff -s --exclude --recursive --brief -b dir1 dir2 | head -10

# 9  
Old 10-17-2013
diff -s --exclude --recursive --brief -b dir1 dir2 | head -10

Common subdirectories: dir1/aix and dir2/aix
Common subdirectories: dir1/envsql and dir2/envsql
Common subdirectories: dir1/java and dir2/java
Common subdirectories: dir1/ora and dir2/ora

Last edited by Scott; 10-17-2013 at 01:36 PM.. Reason: Code tags
# 10  
Old 10-17-2013
Apparently there's nothing to delete, so xargs is getting a blank input (which is something I didn't consider).

Change the xargs call to:
xargs -r echo rm

and it should get rid of the error for this case.
# 11  
Old 10-17-2013
I see no files being deleted. There are many files that are similar in dir1 and dir2 and none of them got deleted.

Attached is the zip I created for your reference. It has two directories dir_1 and dir_2. If a compare is run between dir_1 and dir_2 , the only files that should be present in dir_2 after the compare should be the files inside dir_2/ora/seq/
# 12  
Old 10-17-2013
Originally Posted by gaurav99
I am running diff between two directories dir1 and dir2.

diff --exclude --recursive --brief -b dir1 dir2
What is the --exclude for? With no parameters that appears to be excluding everything, at least on my diff (GNU diffutils 3.3).

Without that it works as expected:
$ diff -s --recursive -b dir_1 dir_2
Files dir_1/java/abc/test/ and dir_2/java/abc/test/ are identical
Files dir_1/java/abc/test/constants_1.txt and dir_2/java/abc/test/constants_1.txt are identical
Files dir_1/java/abc/test/ and dir_2/java/abc/test/ are identical
Files dir_1/java/abc/test/ and dir_2/java/abc/test/ are identical
Only in dir_1/ora: java
Only in dir_2/ora: seq
$ diff -s --recursive -b dir_1 dir_2 | awk '/identical$/ {print $4}' | xargs echo rm
rm dir_2/java/abc/test/ dir_2/java/abc/test/constants_1.txt dir_2/java/abc/test/ dir_2/java/abc/test/

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