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    Default Idea for adding to Developers Tool Kit

    What if there was a tool called Modified File Tracker that automatically tracked changes made to ZC core/template files?

    The tool would need two things:
    1. Access to current template selection (for checking override files).
    2. A pristine, virgin copy of whatever ZC version you are currently using.

    It could process the following requests:
    List off ALL modified files and there locations - This way, when you go to install a mod that has core/template changes, you can quickly figure out which files need merging. When you run it, the tool first compares your current file/folder structure against the archived copy of default file/folders. Any files living in override folders automatically get flagged as modified and set aside. Then it goes thru compares the remaining current files to the respective default files, flagging any that have been altered. The first comparison (overrides) then get shuffled together with the second (all other), a list spits out.

    Generate shorter modified file lists, targeted by type - You could limit to admin, core, template, whatev.

    Override Checker - This would check for modified files that *should* be moved to override folders. When you run it, the tool first eliminates any files already properly living in override folders. Then it goes thru to compare the remaining files, archive to current. If it finds any files that should have been moved to override folders it warns the user. Optionally, it can automatically complete the task (create an override folder, move the modified file to the folder, and place an unmodified (from archive) where it should be.



    My guess is that if this was as easy done as said, somebody would have done this forever ago. Maybe it's out there already? Sadly, I'm not smart enough to create a tool like this, but idea us off my chest now!


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    Default Re: Idea for adding to Developers Tool Kit

    Well tools like that do exist, but not in Zen Cart. It is called "Beyond Compare", and another is "WinMerge". These are file comparison program's

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    Default Re: Idea for adding to Developers Tool Kit

    I use TextWrangler. I'm pretty good at using regex with it, editing big files, even multiple files at a time. And, of course, for file merging. But I've never used it for comparing lots of files all at once.

    I'll look into it, thanks.

    Btw, any chance I could get you to take a peak at this?
    https://www.zen-cart.com/showthread....12#post1337712

    The start of that conversation is just above, in case you want started the issue.

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    Default Re: Idea for adding to Developers Tool Kit

    I use Mod List with a small change just for my pleasure.

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    Default Re: Idea for adding to Developers Tool Kit

    Sweeeeet! Thanks, dbltoe!

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