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From "Niall Pemberton (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Resolved: (IO-254) FileUtils.contentEquals returns true for equal file names, but file is actually not existing
Date Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:48:01 GMT

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Niall Pemberton resolved IO-254.
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    Resolution: Won't Fix

The main purpose of this method is to compare the contents of files which do exist. It needs
to gracefully handle non-existent files, which it does. Its an edge case comparing the content
of two non-existent files and you could argue it either way. Its worked this way since IO
1.0 and the comment in the code clearly indicates it was intentional and therefore I don't
think we should be changed.

> FileUtils.contentEquals returns true for equal file names, but file is actually not existing
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: IO-254
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/IO-254
>             Project: Commons IO
>          Issue Type: Bug
>         Environment: windows and linux
>            Reporter: Dmitry Kan
>            Priority: Trivial
>
> It is said in the documentation, that:
> "This method checks to see if the two files are different lengths or if they point to
the same file, before resorting to byte-by-byte comparison of the contents. "
> Does it make sense to return true when the file does not exist even if comparison of
a file to itself was attempted?

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