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I have two text files with huge data in each which I need to compare for difference between each
for e.g.

file 1 would have following records

12345 KKKK 3510 ABCD

file 2 would have
12345 KKKK 3210 ABCD

file 2 would have similar records but 3510 would have difference. What i need is " if 12345 and ABCD is matching then what is the difference value of 3510 and 3210 ? the result should be 300 . This i need as an output in another text file.

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