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Title: Any file manager that can XOR two home folders?
ID: /2017/10/18/Any-file-manager-that-can-XOR-two-home-folders_
Created: October 18, 2017    Edited:  June 12, 2020
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I’m setting up a new Win 10 laptop with Ubuntu 16.04 in dual boot that has a home folder and with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) using Xubuntu that has a home folder.

My goal is when booted with Ubuntu I want to be able to change files and have those reflected in WSL at the same time. When I’ve booted into Windows I want WSL changes to be reflected in Ubuntu at the same time.

Within WSL Ubuntu will be mounted. Within Ubuntu WSL will be mounted.

I have a “faint hope” that a file manager can virtually merge the two home folders, strip out the file names that are the same and leave me with the file names / directories names that are in one home folder (and sub-directories) but not the other (XOR).

The reason being:

I’m hoping to get Xubuntu running as a second Desktop within WSL. It should be able to run most file managers. I’m hoping I won’t have to dig into the source to XOR two home folders.

I think much of /usr/local/bin will be only on the Ubuntu partition and symbolic links created from WS.

On a similar note I read once the same user name shouldn’t be used as a sub-directory under /home on different partitions. ie having two /home/WinEunuuchs2Unix is frowned upon? And the Windows one should be named /home/WinEunuuchs2Unix2WSL for example? Real names would be shorter of course.


Initially there was some confusion on my question so I’ll define XOR as best I can. It is an Assembler command (some insist on calling it Assembly Language) that means:

In one, or in another but NOT in both

Once you understand this instruction code you’ll see how I want to be presented with a list of files in my directory PLUS the list of files in the same directory name in on a DIFFERENT partition that do NOT exist on the current partition so I can edit any of the files simultaneously and NOT have to synchronize them because they do NOT exist in the current partition in the first place.

It’s probably a new invention in data processing so it makes my question misleading to most people which I apologize for. Ironically on the other hand, XOR is probably one of the oldest computer instruction codes on earth, dating back to the 1 vacuum tube = 1 bit of memory days I imagine.

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