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03 March 2005, 04:31 PM
what I need is a program that will allow me to search for TEXT within generic text based files (txt,doc,h,cpp,java,html etc) and search for a word/group of words etc. It would make my life infinitely more convenient. For example, I am often looking for something within a large directory of source code files and it takes a long time. The program would need to be able to search in subdirectories too.

Anyone know if there are any programs like this available or if it wouldnt be too hard to make one? I'm using windows btw.

03 March 2005, 04:50 PM
Critterslayer: What OS are you using?

Edit: I'm an idiot... ;)

Anyways, I know Windows itself will be able to search those files if Visual Studio is installed. Also, try specifiying that .c, .cpp and .h files can be opened with notepad. That may be enough to tell Windows that those type of files are indeed text-searchable.

03 March 2005, 04:55 PM
.... I'm using windows btw.

........................ =)

03 March 2005, 04:56 PM
they say it works for c/c++ sources:
however I've never used this

03 March 2005, 11:04 PM
you could try also the msn toolbar, currently in beta, but havn't any trouble at all with
it. it basically install a little editText on the windows taskbar where you can make search
launch app and other interesting thing.

the search work differently than traditional search, it's work like web search, making cache
on the drives you want, so it's noisy at the start but once everythings is cached, it update his
cache without you noticing.

i don't have it for long, and use it mostly to launch app, but the day i will look for an old
piece of code, i will sure try it for the purspose.


03 March 2005, 04:17 AM
Developer Studio has a feature called "Find In Files" that does this.

03 March 2005, 05:47 AM
I generally use grep via cygwin, but you could always use a stand alone version of grep for windows.

03 March 2005, 12:17 PM
I use TextPad, which has a "Find in Files" feature....

03 March 2005, 01:42 PM
Total Commander - if you don't have it allready go and get it!

Can't live without this great file manager.

03 March 2005, 04:20 PM
i will check this stuff out, thanks guys

03 March 2005, 04:31 PM
wow file commander did the trick!! exactly what i was looking for. funny, the name sounds familiar, i know ive heard of it. Are the other apps like this?

03 March 2005, 07:16 PM
There is a program that you can use to set which files Windows XP's content search will look inside at:

03 March 2005, 09:42 PM
wow file commander did the trick!! exactly what i was looking for. funny, the name sounds familiar, i know ive heard of it. Are the other apps like this?

depends from how old you are :)

total commander's name is an obvious reprise of the commander days of DOS.
when GUIs were something only poshy mac and irix users had there were several apps for DOS to manage files and directories that looked pretty much the same (although all ascii based) of total commander.

one was actually called norton's commander I think.

03 March 2005, 05:35 PM
You can also try Agent Ransack, it is free, very fast and more...

Hope this help!

03 March 2005, 05:15 PM
monty that program is really cool too, thanks for the link

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