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How to compare Google Storage files with local files and folders?

Bucket Explorer for Google Storage has one important feature of comparing contents stored in Google Storage with your local contents - compare contents, files and folders with the contents in another Google Storage bucket and use this comparer to compare local to local contents, file and folders. You can compare all types of files including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, RTF, Text, HTML, XML, and more.

Bucket Explorer has two options to compare local file with Google Storage file and these are : "Bucket Explorer Comparer" and right click menu option "Compare To" .

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Use Comparer User Interface for:

    A) Selecting Source: You can desired select source from combo box listed in both sides. User can get the contents of the selected source like local listing or Google Storage listing for saved Google Storage credentials.
   B) Path: Path shows the selected bucket name with remote path for Google Storage listing and local path for local selection.
   C) Common Toolbar: This toolbar has a collection of command like refresh, show all, common, left side only and right side only.

Two ways to perform comparison:

  1. Compare with Name and Size:
  2. It shows the result of the comparison on the basis of object size. This result is faster in compared "Compare with Name and Hash'" option.
  3. Compare with Name and Hash:
  4. This option compares the ETAG Value of object with MD5 hash value of the selected left side files.

Options to go to comparer:

  1. Go to Tools menu, select Advanced then choose Comparer option.
  2. In bucket toolbar, choose Comparer button.
  3. In object toolbar, choose Comparer.

Below are the possible four comparision combinations in Bucket Explorer:

  1. Comparison between folders (Local) and folder (Google Storage) – having the same name.
  2. Comparison between folders (Local) and folder (Google Storage) – having different name.
  3. Comparison between file (Local) and object (Google Storage)- having the same name.
  4. Comparison from main UI between file/folder (Local) and file/folder/bucket (Google Storage)
    1. Comparison between folders (Local) and folder (Google Storage) - having the same name

      1. Open Comparer using any desired option.
      2. Select your Local file system from one side and Google Storage account from another side from Left Source to Right Source combo box.
      3. It will display the listing of drive as well as buckets on the basis of the selected source type. You can explore the bucket/drive/folder by double clicking on the listed row item or you can write the correct path to explore the desired folder.
      4. Select comparison type as “Compare with Name and Size” Or “Compare with Name and Hash”.
      5. Select the folder(s) which exist in local as well as in Google Storage account.
      6. Click on Compare Contents button that exist in common toolbar.
      7. It will open Comparer Content Result window and will show the result of the comparisons.
    2. Comparison between folders (Local) and folder (Google Storage) – having different name

      1. Open Comparer panel.
      2. Select your Local file system from one side and Google Storage account from another side in combo box options at the top of the Left Panel (Left Source) to the Right Panel (Right Source).
      3. It will display a listing of drive as well as buckets on the basis of the selected source type. You can explore the bucket/drive/folder by double clicking on the listed row item or you can write the correct path to explore the desired folder.
      4. Select comparison type as “Compare with Name and Size” Or “Compare with Name and Hash”.
      5. Select a folder from the source side, right click and select Compare Left Side .
      6. Now select a folder from the Right side, right click and click on Compare to folder-name .
      7. It will open Comparer Content Result window and will show the result of comparisons (on right click, it will apply the comparison with compare contents and comparison parameter as per selection).
    3. Comparison between file (Local) and object (Google Storage)- having the same name

      1. Open Comparer panel.
      2. Select your Local file system and Google Storage account on another side.
      3. Select comparison type as “Compare with Name and Size” Or “Compare with Name and Hash”.
      4. Select the file(s) which exist in local as well as in Google Storage account.
      5. Click on Compare Files button that exist in common toolbar.
      6. It will display the result of the comparison on the same comparer window. It will give you a very quick response of the comparison even it is of name with hash or of name with size comparison.
    4. Comparison from the main panel between file/folder (Local) and object/folder/bucket (Google Storage)

      1. Listing the bucket by logging in for any Google Storage account.
      2. Explore the bucket and local file system.
      3. Right Click on local file/folder (left side) and click on “Select Left Side to Compare” menu option.
      4. Right Click on Google Storage Bucket/Folder/File (right side) and click on “Compare To” menu option. Note: Comparison is possible between file-file, folder-folder, folder-bucket and vice-versa.
      5. It will open Comparer window and by default, it will give the result of Compare Files Option, which means that result will be shown on the same window.
      6. You can also compare the listed folder by selecting all and clicking on compare content button that exist in common toolbar.

Function available on Comparer window-

Comparison Parameter Type :

  1. Compare Contents- It is used to compare contents of the selected Folder/Bucket.
  2. Compare Files- It is used to compare the selected files.

Common Buttons :

  1. Here are several buttons present in the toolbar at the top of comparer window:
    1. Refresh : Refresh the listing.
    2. Select All : Selects all the listing.
    3. Show All : Shows all files in both sides.
    4. Show common data (=) : Shows all the files that exist in both sides (having the same filename)
    5. Show uncommon data (=/=) : Shows all the files that are missing at one side and exist in another side
    6. Left side only (::::) : Shows all the files that exist only on the Left Side (means files are missing on the right side)
    7. Right side only (::::) : Shows all the files that exist only on the Right Side (means files are missing on the left side)
    8. Stop Comparison : Stops the running comparison process (while using compare contents option).
    9. Upload : Uploads the selected file(s)/ folder(s) to the bucket of selected Google Storage account.
    10. Download : Downloads selected file(s)/folder(s) from bucket of selected Google Storage account.
    11. Up : Up the listing one step above at a time. (Listing of one level up)
    12. Copy : Copies selected files to another Google Storage account.
    13. Move : Moves selected files to another Google Storage account.
  2. Buttons available on Compare Content Result window are:
    1. Common (=) : Shows All files that  exist in both sides are Equal.
    2. Uncommon (=/=) : Shows All files that exist in both sides are Not Equal.
    3. Left Side Only (::::) : Shows all files that exist only on Left Side (means files are missing on the right side).
    4. Right Side Only (:::: ) : Shows all files that exist only on the Right Side (means files are missing on the left side).
    5. Count: Shows the summary of the comparison as-
      1. Matched Files (total file count of Common Files).
      2. UnMatched Files (total file count of Uncommon Files).
      3. Only on the left side (total file count of Left Side Only Files).
      4. Only on the right side (total count of Right Side Only Files)
      5. Note: By double clicking on each category of compare result mentioned above, it will open the list of files as per category selected.
  3. Buttons that perform the same functionality as they perform at Comparer window are:
    1. Upload
    2. Download
Note: To get the required list of resultant files, double click on one of the options.

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