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I'm looking for a command line application (really simple, that uses only text files for storage) that can catalog my backup dvds. Something similar to WhereIsIt, but using command line.

Suppose I have 10 dvds, each one with a lot of files. I would like to "catalog" these dvds to a lot of text files, and, when needing to search for a file inside these dvds, instead of checking all dvds, I would just search the catalog.

Any recommendations?

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Can you give a better example of what you want to do? – Joe Internet Jun 9 '11 at 3:01
@Joe Internet: Done. – Somebody still uses you MS-DOS Jun 9 '11 at 3:04
So you only want to keep a list of the file names, then if you need file, you'll search for that file name in the text file catalog? – Joe Internet Jun 9 '11 at 3:10
@Joe Internet: Yep. I know I can use 10 lines of bash script to do it, using only (like find . * > /home/user/catalog1), but I would like to know if anyone did something like that. – Somebody still uses you MS-DOS Jun 9 '11 at 3:12
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Well, I think this is indeed to simple to have an "application". Just using grep find and the shell itself I can accomplish what I want. I'm going through that route.

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can you give some examples to make a catalog for off-line search? something like ls -lR > catalog.txt ? – meduz Oct 29 '13 at 20:04
@meduz Actually, you can use a binary called tree and do tree /media/my_media/ > ~/Desktop/catalog.txt, since you can have a lot of subfolders. – Somebody still uses you MS-DOS Mar 20 '14 at 2:08

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