$chmod –reference file1 file2
$chgrp  –reference file1 file2
$chown  –reference file1 file2

stat command – to find out about the extended attributes of a file
$cd $ORACLE_HOME/bin
$stat oracle                 # shows size and access/modify/change dates for a file
$stat -f oracle              # shows info on the file system
$stat -t oracle              # shows filesystem info but on one line

“relink utilities” will relink all oracle utilities, saving old version with an “O” at the end of the filename.

file command – to find out about the type of file
$file a.a                       # tells you what the file type is
file a.log
  a.log: ASCII text
file a.Z
 a.Z: compress’d data 16 bits
file -z a.Z
 a.Z: ASCII text (compress’d data 16 bits)
file spfile+ASM.ora.ORIGINAL
 spfile+ASM.ora.ORIGINAL: symbolic link to
file -L spfile+ASM.ora.ORIGINAL
 spfile+ASM.ora.ORIGINAL: data

This file checks the ASCII files, even if they are compressed, and lists them in chronological order
$file -Lz * | grep ASCII | cut -d”:” -f1 | xargs ls -ltr

diff – to see the differences between files
diff file1 file2                      # the output (like 1d0) is what must be done in sed to make the files the same.
diff -y file1 file2 -W 120        # -y for side by side, W 120 for use 120 char wide screen
diff -q file1 files                   # just to see if the files differ but don’t actually show the differences
diff -u file1 file2                  # gives output in a formated version
diff dir1 dir2                       # diff can be used on directories
diff -r dir1 dir2                    # diff can be used on directories, -r to go down directories
diff -r dir1 dir2 | grep -v Common

cmp – to compare two files
cmp -s file1 file2; echo $?     # output 0=same, 1=different
cmp sqlplus sqlplusO
 sqlplus sqlplusO differ: byte 657, line 7   # even though the files are the same size

comm – to see whats common between two files in 3 columns
comm file1 file2
comm -1 file1 file2               # supresses the info in file 1 only

md5sum file1
md5sum file1 file2 > f1f2
md5sum –check f1f2          # checks that file1 and file2 haven’t been changed (against the sum generated in the previos command)