Compare directories in fman

fman 1.4.4 just came out. It adds a new command called Compare Directories. You can launch it as usual from the Command Palette:

  • Compare directories

When you do, it selects those files in the left pane which are not present on the right, and vice versa. It then shows a dialog with the results:

Compare directories in fman

An important point is that the current implementation only checks file names. Their contents, size or modified date are not compared. To make this clear, fman displays the following dialog if the directories are "equal":

Compare two equal directories in fman

Total Commander has a similar feature. Whenever I used it, I never understood exactly what it does. What does it compare? Why does it select the files it does? It's always been a mystery to me. I hope that the above two dialogs will avoid this ambiguity in fman.

Michael started fman in 2016, convinced that we deserve a better file manager. fman's launch in 2017 was a huge success. But despite full-time work, it only makes $350 per month. The goal for 2018 is to fix this.