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Old 03-05-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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Question word by word comparison in two files using loop in shell script


Suppose i have two files delimited by TAB.
File 1
1 B AB 2
2 C AB 3

File 2
3 B AB 5
2 C AD 3

Output Should be::
Mismatch in file 1 and 2
first Line difference 1,3 and 2,5
second Line difference AB,AD.

Actually the problem is "How can i navigate in both the files at a same time" using any loop.
Using while loop i tried to navigate through both the files at a time.

[code] exec 3<File1.txt
exec 4<File2.txt

while IFS= read -r line1 <&3
IFS= read -r line2 <&4
echo "$line1"
echo "$line2"

but i want word by word comparision which requires word by word navigation then only i can get the output mentioned above.

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have you considered using 'diff' instead of writing your own comparison functions?

man diff
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