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I couldn't help noticing that your last file (junk2.16) appears to have an earlier modification time than the others.

I hadn't noticed that. That probably does (at least partially) explain it. The last file does appear to be a left over from an earlier run.

I say partially, because I'm having great difficulty coming up with an explaination for how a left-over file from an earlier run could combine with a full set from a later run and recombine to reform a file that diffs equal to the original? Or how that combination of filesizes & numbers could be arrived at.

I cannot reproduce the results, although (I'd swear) I have seen this happen at least twice.


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In reply to Re^2: A puzzle. by BrowserUk
in thread A puzzle. by BrowserUk

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