Find Files Utility

Release date: 
Tuesday, 16 April, 2019



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Wildcard filename search withing a directory or a set of directories. Optionally you may specify a string to search for inside the files.

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. See below for download link(s).

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Find Files Utility v. 1.0 (16/4/2019, Peter Moylan) Readme/What's new
FIND FILES UTILITY Peter Moylan --------------------------------------- The program is called "ffind" to avoid a name clash with an existing utility FIND.EXE. This one is different because it allows wildcards in the file specification. Usage: ffind mask [text] where mask is a filename string that may include wildcards text is an optional text string to search for. The square brackets should not be included; they are there only to indication that the second argument is optional. If either argument contains spaces then it must be delimited by single or double quote marks. Otherwise the quote marks are optional. If the string you are searching for contains quotation marks, then the delimiter has to be the other kind of quotation marks. If the string contains both single and double quotation marks then you are out of luck. Sorry. Maybe in the next version. Example 1: ffind c:\*.prj Example 2: ffind d:\dev*\*\src\progname.* 'version string' The wildcard characters are the usual two. A '?' matches any one character. A '*' matches any string of zero or more characters. Neither of these can match a '\' directory separator. If no drive is specified, we assume the current drive. If the file specification is a relative rather than an absolute path, we assume that it is relative to the current working directory. We include subdirectories in the search in the following sense. In general the file specification is of the form dirspec\filespec where filespec is what comes after the final '\'. If dirspec contains no wildcard characters, then it is the starting directory for the search, and we search that directory and all of its subdirectories (and sub-subdirectories, etc.) for filespec, which of course may contain wildcard characters. If dirspec contains wildcard characters, we expand that out to a list of starting directories for the search, but since the wildcard characters cannot match a '\' we don't go any deeper in the directory tree than specified. For example, if the file specification is e:\abc\*\xyz.txt then we search for xyz.txt in all subdirectories of e:\abc, but not in the sub-subdirectories. After much thought, I have decided that that is what one would intuitively expect. The "include subdirectories" rule only applies to the last part of the file specification. If a second argument is supplied to this program, then we search all found files for EXACTLY the specified text. It is not a case-independent search, and the text string may not contain wildcards. Whether I extend this in future versions to other possibilities will depend on the feedback I receive. Suggestion: if your search is returning a large number of files, redirect the output. For example, if ffind D:\*.mod is returning 2005 results, as it is doing in my case, then you should alter this to either ffind D:\*.mod >modfiles.txt or ffind D:\*.mod | more Known bug: If the search specification implies a large number of directories, for example C:\*.txt, then the program seems to hang in an unkillable condition. This appears to be exactly the same bug as we find in the "Seek and Scan files" utility, which is a pity because I wrote this program because "Seek and Scan file" was hanging on my searches. So far, all that I have been able to discover is that the problem is deep inside the OS/2 file system code. My current conjecture is that the API function DosFindClose is not releasing file handles as it should. I have been able to solve the problem, for the searches I have done, by increasing the number of file handles with a DosSetRelMaxFH call. But this should not have worked, because I have deliberately written the code in a way that it never uses more than one file handle.
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