[Tutor] how can I compare a local directory or file with a remote one

Tom Tucker tktucker at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 21:41:49 CEST 2007

What are we comparing? Size of files, number of files in a directory, md5sum
of the files, directory size, etc?  What about rsync?  You can use rsync to
compare directories between a source and destiantion system and just report
differences.  For example, comparing /etc directores between two RHEL

On 6/20/07, Richard Querin <rfquerin at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm interested in writing a quick script that would run a diff-type
> command that would compare a local directory to a remote one to
> identify the changes in the files within that directory.
> I was initially thinking that I would maybe use the linux diff command
> in conjunction with the wget command (or something similar) to create
> a local copy but that involves downloading files. Is there any way in
> python to do a similar thing but without having to download a copy of
> the remote files/directories?
> Any ideas?
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