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A solution is to write a python script/tool to compare on one or several fields, which prints every difference found (field values or shape difference).


The tool "Symmetrical Difference" can also do this: http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#//00080000000r000000 This tool is available in QGIS, a free GIS you can download here: http://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html


The exact tool you are looking for is called "Erase". Unfortunately, it is only included in the Advanced/ArcInfo license level. You might be out of luck unless you can write your own version of this tool. ArcGIS Erase


To add a custom toolbox, in ArcMap or ArcCatalog, open ArcToolbox and right click in the white space and go to Add Toolbox: To see the script, right click on the tool, and go to Edit or Export Script. If you use Export Script, create a new text file and select it when exporting. You might need to go into the Geoprocessing menu, and go to Geoprocessing ...

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