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unable to compare files because of weird modify date?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:07 pm
by steve02476
I use WinMerge v2.16.4.0 with the Compare Method set to “Modified Date and Size” to check that folders are synced. It has worked wonderfully with 100’s of thousands of files.

I’m now seeing an error when I am comparing two jpeg files – that I know are identical. The Comparison Result is “Unable to compare files” (When I compare binary data it works fine and says they’re identical.)

I suspect the problem is that the “modify date” on the files is Wednesday, December 31, 1969 at 7:00PM. I know that’s plainly absurd, but that’s what it says. Nothing else on Windows seems to have any problem with the file.

(I’m not positive, but I believe earlier versions of WinMerge were ok with these two files.)

Any idea what’s going on here? I’d be happy to send a copy of the jpeg if anyone wants to experiment. -Steve