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Re^4: Uniquely identifying files on windows

by VSarkiss (Monsignor)
on Dec 30, 2005 at 16:49 UTC ( #520022=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Uniquely identifying files on windows
in thread Uniquely identifying files on windows

You misunderstand. If I do

copy foo.txt bar.txt
I will have two files that will produce the same checksum. Clearly they're not the same file (different name, different bits on disk, etc.) yet any test using a checksum will show no difference.

That's what I meant by testing contents rather than testing files.

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Re^5: Uniquely identifying files on windows
by holli (Monsignor) on Dec 30, 2005 at 16:56 UTC
    Oh, I got you. My point was that, because there no symbolic and rarely hard links under windows, the "unique identifier" of a file is the filename and path itself. But of course I expressed it poorly.

    holli, /regexed monk/

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