|Original author(s)||Mani A. Ulloa|
|Developer(s)||Microsoft, IBM, Digital Research, Novell|
|Initial release||1984, 37–38 years ago|
|Written in||MS-DOS: x86 assembly language|
|Operating system||MS-DOS, PC DOS, OS/2, eComStation, ArcaOS, Windows, DR DOS, FreeDOS|
fc (File Compare) is a command-line program in DOS, IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows operating systems, that compares multiple files and outputs the differences between them. It is similar to the Unix commands
fc command has been included in Microsoft operating systems since MS-DOS 2.11 (e.g. on the 1984/85 DEC Rainbow release) and is included in all versions of Microsoft Windows.
fc has also been included in IBM OS/2 Version 2.0.
fc can compare text files as well as binary files. The latest versions[which?] can compare ASCII or Unicode text. The result of comparisons are output to the standard output. The output of
fc is intended primarily to be human readable and may be difficult to use in other programs.
|Wikibooks has a book on the topic of: Guide to Windows Commands|