Linux Tools: Meld

Over the long weekend, I decided to take the plunge and update a .php chat application that I use on one of my web sites.

Under normal circumstances, all I would normally have to do with this .php package is backup 2 config files, dump the new files onto the web server and then upload the old config files back.

Trouble is, I’ve made so many changes to the core software, that doing it the easy way wasn’t going to work.

Enter Meld, which you can find in the Software Manager.

Meld File and Directory Comparison

Meld File and Directory Comparison

One by one, I was able to compare the files that I’d modified myself, to the files that came in the updated software. In the example above, you can clearly see that there is no difference.

Meld File and Directory Comparison

Meld File and Directory Comparison

When there is a difference noted by the software, it is easy to find as you scroll down the now synced up files.

This great tool, made moving my changes, over to the updated chat software a breeze!

Of course Meld will also compare directories just as easy, if you want to do a disk compare for instance after you do a backup.