Weeding out Duplicate files in Hardy Heron 8.04

Amedee Van Gasse amedee-ubuntu at amedee.be
Sun Jan 17 22:10:27 UTC 2010

On 15-01-10 13:38, Rafiq Hajat wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been transferring all my music (MP3, OGG, FLAC, M4A, WMA) into my
> laptop and have noticed numerous duplications of the same song. The
> directory size is now 16GB and it's a nightmare to to collate and
> categorise. Any ideas on how to get rid of the duplications?

For the cases where the filenames, filesize, and all other properties 
are identical, use the suggestion that the others gave you. But I'm 
afraid that their suggestions won't be very useful.

What if you have the same song in low bitrate MP3 and high bitrate FLAC, 
with a slightly different filename? How would you ever find those 

Well, I googled for "linux duplicate music" and the first hit was a 
program aptly named "Duplicate Music Matcher". You can find its webpage 
on http://dupemusicmatch.sourceforge.net

I haven't tried it myself, but if you take a look at the screenshot, I 
think you'll see that it is exactly what you are looking for.

I didn't bother to see if it is available in one of the Ubuntu 
repositories. If it's not, then I assume that you will either figure out 
for yourself how to install & run it, or you will come back to the list 
for help. Either way is just fine for me.

Amedee Van Gasse

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