Posted by admin on October 26th, 2008
fdupes is a simple and very efficient tool, easy to use.
“fdupes” can be installed using one of the following 1-click installs based on your openSUSE version.
openSUSE 11.0 ( fdupes-1.40-82.1)
openSUSE 10.3 ( fdupes-1.40-45)
openSUSE 10.2 (fdupes-1.40-110.1)
NOTE: Click here to enable 1-click install in openSUSE 10.2
This should download the YaST MetaPackage file (YMP) and launch the YaST Package manager for installation. Click next on the window showing the selected repositories and next again on the package selection window and finally click Next on the installation proposal window. This should add the required repositories (click import when prompted to import the GPG Keys) and install “fdupes” and required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation is completed succesfully.
This should install fdupes under /usr/bin/fdupes
opensuse11:~ # which fdupes
To simply find the duplicate files in a directory, run fdupes with the name of the directory that it should search as follows
opensuse11:~ # fdupes ~saibaba/Documents/
There you can see it has found two files that has a duplicate.
To show the duplicate files on the same line use the “–sameline” arguement
opensuse11:~ # fdupes –sameline ~saibaba/Documents/
To delete duplicate files, use the “-d” or “–delete” arguement. fdupes will prompt you to choose the file(s) to preserve.
opensuse11:~ # fdupes -d ~saibaba/Documents/
Set 1 of 2, preserve files [1 - 2, all]: 2
Set 2 of 2, preserve files [1 - 2, all]: 2
For more customizable options, use the “–help” or “-h” arguement or the man pages for fdupes (“man fdupes”)
opensuse11:~ # fdupes -h
Usage: fdupes [options] DIRECTORY…
-r –recurse include files residing in subdirectories
-s –symlinks follow symlinks
-H –hardlinks normally, when two or more files point to the same
disk area they are treated as non-duplicates; this
option will change this behavior
-n –noempty exclude zero-length files from consideration
-f –omitfirst omit the first file in each set of matches
-1 –sameline list each set of matches on a single line
-S –size show size of duplicate files
-q –quiet hide progress indicator
-d –delete prompt user for files to preserve and delete all
others; important: under particular circumstances,
data may be lost when using this option together
with -s or –symlinks, or when specifying a
particular directory more than once; refer to the
fdupes documentation for additional information
-v –version display fdupes version
-h –help display this help message
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