Re: Diff Tools

Dennis Yelle <>
27 Mar 2001 23:47:22 -0500

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From: Dennis Yelle <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 27 Mar 2001 23:47:22 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 01-03-121
Keywords: linker
Posted-Date: 27 Mar 2001 23:47:22 EST wrote:
> I've encountered a documented problem within Visual C++, that the
> same code will produce different sized executables, when compiled at
> different times or on different machines.
> Now, the problem is, my company wants to be able to see the
> differences between these two executables. If they are just time/date
> stamps, that's fine, but if there is other stuff (memory contents,
> etc) there may be problems, and we have to be able to determine that.
> We'd like a more programmatic way of doing this then using a hex
> editor, but any suggestions are helpful.

First, take a look at the sizes of the *.obj files that the compiler
produces. Is only one different? Or are most of them different? You
do know about debug vs. release builds, right? Are you using the
exact same compiler version, and the exact same "service pack" or
whatever they call it now?

Dennis Yelle
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