dbfilediff man page

dbfilediff — compare two fsdb tables

Synopsis

dbfilediff [-Eq] [-N diff_column_name] --input table1.fsdb --input table2.fsdb

OR

cat table1.fsdb  | dbfilediff [-sq] --input table2.fsdb

Description

Dbfilediff compares two Fsdb tables, row by row. Unlike Unix diff(1), this program assumes the files are identical line-by-line and we compare fields. Thus, insertion of one extra row will result in all subsequent lines being marked different.

By default, all columns must be unique. (At some point, support to specific specific columns may be added.)

Output is a new table with a new column "diff" (or something else if the "-N" option is given), "-" and "+" for the first and second non-equal rows, "=" for matching lines, or "~" if they are equal with epsilon numerics (in which case only the second row is included). Unlike Unix diff(1), we output all rows (the "=" lines), not just diffs (the "--quiet" option suppresses this output).

Optionally, with "-E" it will do a "epsilon numeric" comparision, to account for things like variations in different computer's floating point precision and differences in printf output.

Epsilon comparision is asymmetric, in that it assumes the first input is correct an allows the second input to vary, but not the reverse.

Because two tables are required, input is typically in files. Standard input is accessible by the file "-".

Options

-E or --epsilon
Do epsilon-numeric comparison. (Described above.)

Epsilon-comparision is only done on columns that look like floating point numbers, not on strings or integers. Epsilon comparision allows the last digit to vary by 1, or for there to be one extra digit of precision, but only for floating point numbers.

Rows that are within epsilon are not considered different for purposes of the exit code.
--exit
Exit with a status of 1 if some differences were found. (By default, the exit status is 0 with or without differences if the file is processed successfully.)
-N on --new-name
Specify the name of the "diff" column, if any. (Default is "diff".)
-q or --quiet
Be quiet, suppressing output for identical rows. (This behavior is different from Unix diff(1) where "-q" suppresses all output.) If repeated, omits epsilon-equivalent rows.

This module also supports the standard fsdb options:

-d
Enable debugging output.
-i or --input InputSource
Read from InputSource, typically a file name, or "-" for standard input, or (if in Perl) a IO::Handle, Fsdb::IO or Fsdb::BoundedQueue objects.
-o or --output OutputDestination
Write to OutputDestination, typically a file name, or "-" for standard output, or (if in Perl) a IO::Handle, Fsdb::IO or Fsdb::BoundedQueue objects.
--autorun or --noautorun
By default, programs process automatically, but Fsdb::Filter objects in Perl do not run until you invoke the run() method. The "--(no)autorun" option controls that behavior within Perl.
--help
Show help.
--man
Show full manual.

Sample Usage

Input

#fsdb event clock absdiff pctdiff
_null_getpage+128   815812813.281756        0       0
_null_getpage+128   815812813.328709        0.046953        5.7554e-09
_null_getpage+128   815812813.353830        0.025121        3.0793e-09
_null_getpage+128   815812813.357169        0.0033391       4.0929e-10

And in the file TEST/dbfilediff_ex.in-2:

#fsdb event clock absdiff pctdiff
_null_getpage+128   815812813.281756        0       0
_null_getpage+128   815812813.328709        0.046953        5.7554e-09
_null_getpage+128   815812813.353830        0.025121        3.0793e-09
_null_getpage+128   815812813.357169        0.003339        4.0929e-10

Command

cat TEST/dbfilediff_ex.in | dbfilediff -i - -i TEST/dbfilediff_ex.in-2

Output

#fsdb event clock absdiff pctdiff diff
_null_getpage+128   815812813.281756        0       0       =
_null_getpage+128   815812813.328709        0.046953        5.7554e-09      =
_null_getpage+128   815812813.353830        0.025121        3.0793e-09      =
_null_getpage+128   815812813.357169        0.0033391       4.0929e-10      -
_null_getpage+128   815812813.357169        0.003339        4.0929e-10      +
#   | dbfilediff --input TEST/dbfilediff_ex.in-2

By comparision, if one adds the "-s" option, then all rows will pass as equal.

See Also

Fsdb. dbrowuniq. dbfilediff.

dbrowdiff, dbrowuniq, and dbfilediff are similar but different. dbrowdiff computes row-by-row differences for a column, dbrowuniq eliminates rows that have no differences, and dbfilediff compares fields of two files.

Info

2016-11-30 perl v5.24.0 User Contributed Perl Documentation