Algorithm for comparing manifest files.


/**
 * This method assumes that the manifest from the server and client have already been received.
 * This should be the case because if either file retrievals failed the logic above will not 
 * call this method. The two hashes below contain the file path & directory of the file to be 
 * downloaded in the key. The value stores the version number of the file indicated in the key. 
 * If the versions numbers differ between the server and client, the file will be downloaded.
 * Also, files that do not exist on the client will be downloaded as well.
 */
public Vector compareManafestFiles()
{
  Vector downList = new Vector(5);
  Enumeration serverKeys = serverManifestHash.keys();
  while ( serverKeys.hasMoreElements() )
  {
    String serverKey = (String)serverKeys.nextElement();
    if (clientManifestHash.containsKey(serverKey) & fileExists(serverKey) )
    {
      // add to the download list if the values differ 
      if ( !((String)clientManifestHash.get(serverKey)).trim().equals(
        ((String)serverManifestHash.get(serverKey)).trim() ) 
      {
        downList.addElement(serverKey);
      }

    } else {
    //if the key doesn't exist in the client OR the file does not exist
    // add it to the download list
      System.out.println("Client list does not contain key " + serverKey);
      downList.addElement(serverKey);
    }
  }

  // always download the manifest file if there are files
  // to be downloaded. 
  if (downList.size() > 0)
    downList.addElement(MANIFEST_VERSIONFILE);

  return downList;
}

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