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       forensics-colorize - show differences between files using color graphics


       filecompare [-b size[bkmgpe]] [-Vh] FILE1 FILE2

       colorize [-h|-V] [-w <num>] [-ovd] FILES


       forensics-colorize  is  a  set  of  tools  to  visually compare large files, as filesystem
       images, creating graphics of them. It is intuitive because the produced graphics provide a
       quick and perfect sense about the percentage of changes between two files.

       Comparing  large textual files using a simple diff can produce a very big result in lines,
       causing confusion. On the other hand, diff is improper to compare binary files.

       forensics-colorize  uses  two  command  line  programs:  filecompare  and  colorize.   The
       filecompare command is used to create a special and auxiliary input file for colorize. The
       colorize command will generate an intuitive graphic that will make easier to perceive  the
       level of changes between the files. In other words, you can use the filecompare command to
       generate a graphic to be analyzed by colorize command.


       -b     Set block size with optional suffix b, k, m, g, p, or e. Note that the program will
              output at least one complete block. Make sure that you have enough disk space!

       -t     Use transitional colors instead of default red or green.

       -V     Display version number and exit.

       -h     Display this help message.


       -d     Change direction data flows. Default is down or right.

       -o     Change image orientation. Default is vertical.

       -v     Verbose mode.

       -w     Set output image width, defaults to 100.

       -V     Display version number and exit.

       -h     Display this help message and exit.


       To  generate  an  initial  graphic  between  'test1'  and  'test2' files to be analyzed by

           $ filecompare test1 test2 > test.fc

       To analyze the result:

           $ colorize test.fc

       The last command will generate the test.fc.bmp file. You can open it using a trivial image
       viewer, as sxiv or similar. If using default parameters for the both commands (filecompare
       and colorize), unchanged parts will be shown as green and changed parts will be  colorized
       with red.

       To  get larger or smaller final graphics, use the -b option for the 'filecompare' command.
       As an example, the following command will produce a result greater than the default:

           $ filecompare -b 64 test1 test2 > test.fc


       In most cases, the default block size is the same of the logical disk sector value (now  a
       days, 512 bytes). Try 'fdisk -l' or 'gdisk -l /dev/<disk>' to find the right value.


       The forensics-colorize was written by Jesse Kornblum <>.

       This  manual  page  was  written by Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <> for the
       Debian project (but may be used by others).