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  • Comparing hardlinked files?

    I'm currently doing a huge comparison, and it's taking a long time to compare some big files. (E.g. a 200GB media file, using binary comparison). However, in many cases it's the same file hardlinked into both sides of the comparison, so it's obviously going to be the same, there's no need to read 200GB of data from disk to check that.

    Please can you add the ability for Beyond Compare to check if two files are hardlinked to each other before doing the more expensive comparisons?

    This would probably save several hours on the comparison I'm doing now.

    I'm using Beyond Compare 3.3.13 on Windows. If this improvement is already available in a newer version, please let me know and I'll happily buy the upgrade.

    Thanks!

    Jon

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    Beyond Compare 4.3.3 (current version) doesn't detect hardlinks to the same file. I'll add it to the feature request list for a future version.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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      Thanks!

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