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Delete left, Delete right, Delete both

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:41 am
by Spitfire_ch

since I finally managed to get Synchronize It working with Total Commander, another suggestion came up:

when fiddling with Total Commanders "Synchronize Directories", I discovered a very useful option, especially when dealing with identical files. Right clicking an entry not only offers you to delete the file (both files), but you can choose whether to delete only the files on the left, only the files on the right or both files.

This is extremely useful when you want to verify whether all files have been properly added to a target folder or archive, and if that's the case, want to delete all identical files from the source folder.

Would it be possible to add this functionality to Synchronize it? Basically, all it would need is to add two more context menus below "delete":

- Delete in Source Folder only
- Delete in Target Folder only

Thank you very much

- spitfire

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:13 am
by brahman
As a not elegant work around, you can make a batch file del.bat with one line in it: "del %1".

Then make two Tools entries: Delete Left and Delete Right, sending {SourcePath} and {TargetPath} respectively to del.bat.

Not elegant, because the file gets deleted, but the deletion does not show up in SI! preview window. Hard coding would be preferable, of course.

For the improved use of the tools feature, it would be very nice if Igor could implement a way to RESCAN (update) single folders after an external tools operation. This way - in a lengthy synch operation - it would save a lot of time and resources. :!:



Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:18 am
by grigsoft
Thank you, rescanning single folder will be usable. But I always wanted to avoid adding multiple file operations in WndSync - it's not a file manager replacement after all. And adding more rarely used commands will confuse users. Maybe I will introduce some options to check which commands to see in menu.

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:34 pm
by Spitfire_ch
Thanks for the suggestion, brahman!

As for simplicity of using ... there is always the option of adding the choice between an advanced and a simple interface.

- spitfire

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:04 pm
by gkiers
Hi spitfire

If you want to check for identical files and (automatically) delete them from the one place (folder) while keeping them on the other (folder), you'll find the free CloneSpy usefull for this


Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:43 pm
by brahman

Have you tried Duplicate Cleaner (

I found it to be very mature and the hard link facility is very solid.

Their other program "Text Crawler" (multi file text replace) is also great.

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:26 pm
by Spitfire_ch
Thanks for the hints. So far I've been using NoClone for this task due to its hardlink ability. Support there is a bit slow, though. So it's good to see there are also other tools doing the same trick!

Still, I think, it would be a nice addition for synchronize it. This does not involve identifying identical files with different names. Just what it does already when you display equal files, with the little addition that you could choose to delete them on one side by using the context menu or whatever. The ability is already here, all that lacks is the option to delete the files on one side only.

- spit