On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 10:31 AM, FreeBSD <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Andrew Gould a écrit :
>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 10:23 AM, FreeBSD <[EMAIL PROTECTED]<mailto:
>> [EMAIL PROTECTED]>> wrote:
>>
>>    Tom Marchand a écrit :
>>
>>        Hash the images and compare the hashes.
>>
>>         -------------- Original message ----------------------
>>        From: FreeBSD <[EMAIL PROTECTED]
>>        <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>>
>>
>>            Hi everyone,
>>
>>            I'm trying to determine if 2 jpeg images are identical. The
>>            images are screenshots taken with scrot at different times.
>>            The point is to know if the display is working correctly. I
>>            tried to use 'diff' but without success, probably because of
>>            the metadata included in the image. I also tried the
>>            'compare' command from imagemagick, but it produce an image
>>            containing the difference between the 2 images instead of
>>            telling me if both images are identical.
>>
>>            So, my question is what are you using to determine if 2
>>            images are identical?
>>
>>            I'm using FreeBSD 7.0 and I need to be able to script this
>>            comparaison for an integration in Nagios.
>>
>>            Thank you,
>>
>>            Martin
>>
>>
>>    I just tried it and it doesn't work. The hashes are different. I can't
>>    say that I'm surprised since 'diff' is "seeing" a difference between
>> the
>>    two identical images.
>>
>>
>>    Thanks for the suggestion
>>
>>
>> Yes, there's a huge difference between testing differences in images and
>> testing differences in files.  What do you mean by "...know if the display
>> is working correctly."?
>>
>> Andrew
>>
>
> I want to determine if Mplayer is working correctly. The best way to be
> sure is to check if the display on the screen is changing. That's the
> purpose of the screenshots. The screenshots are taken by Nagios every 5
> minutes and the new screenshot is compared with the preceding one. But, by
> now, it doesn't work because every tool we try is seeing a diffence between
> 2 identical images.
>
> Thank you for your interest
>

Are you simply trying to determine whether the mplayer has finished playing
a movie (that you're not watching)?  It seems to me that the fact that the
image changes is not a good indication that mplayer is "working correctly",
only that the movie isn't running.
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