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directory comparison for node.js using hive-loader


A directory comparison system using hive-loader/node.js. Compares two or more directories.

The comparisons have three possible "depths":

  1. path only -- checks the file/directory paths for added or missing files, but ignores content (comp == 'list');
  2. size -- does a stat, and notes files that are the same name, but different sizes. (comp = 'size')
  3. content -- compares file content on a byte level (using the filecompare module). (comp = 'full')

Note that tests that fail a simpler test will not be subjected to higher tests; that is, if a file is not found in all the directories you pass in, the instances of it that do exist will not be compared by size/content.

To compare two or more directories, simply call

var dd = new ndd.Dir_Diff(
		path.resolve(root, 'test_1'),
		path.resolve(root, 'test_2'),
		path.resolve(root, 'test_3')
); (err, result) {
if (result.deviation > 0){
	console.log('you have %s deviations!', result.deviation);


Any number of directories can be passed in; if the comparison mode is omitted, 'list' is assumed.

The first item in the list is taken as the "normal" directory; this won't affect deviations, but it does explain what the basis is for report elements like "added" or "missing".

The feedback to the callback is a report object:

{ root_dirs: [the input to dir_diff], added: [info] dirs: {dir_hash} file_status: [file-dir-status], dir_status: [file-dir-status], deviation: posint, deviations: [deviation-report], common_files: common_files, added: added, missing: missing };

Most of the report is work product; the deviation and deviations properties are the most significant elements of the report.

where info is

{ subpath: string (relative to root dir), path: string (absolute pate to file), type: string ('file' or 'dir'), root: string (the root dir) }

dir-hash is

{ 'root_dir': ['dir paths...'], ... 'root_dir': ['dir paths...'] }

file-dir-status is [{dir: 'root_dir', devaition: posint, added:[ 'subpath'... 'subpath'] missing: ['subpath' ... 'subpath'] } ... {}]

deviation-report is { "type": "string", "info": "string" | info, "variant": "added" | "removed" (optional); }

see the "sample outpuut.json" file in test resources.