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I need to be able to search several thousand XHTML and XML files and see a list of files that do not contain the following string on the first line:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

How would I go about doing this? I thought I could do this in Notepad++ using the Search in Files function, but I do not see any way to look for a string that is not found and/or properly formatted and have it output a list of files.

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What operating system are you using any way? –  Angel Brighteyes Oct 11 '12 at 19:16

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Use Agent Ransack and set it to only search through .xml file types. If you know RegEx use that, I am at work or I would help with that. I believe Agent Ransack comes with the ability to just use a negative search but I'll have to check.

Agent Ransack has a "Specifies Not Expression" which will work for what you want, but you will need a regular expression match string in order to pull it off. If you are a developer it is a good skill to at least be pseudo familiar with enough to do some basic searches or text matching with.

[Edit] Agent Ransack does not have a "Not Expression" search ability. The RegEx was pretty simple though

(<\?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"\?>)

I'll keep looking for a tool/utility app.

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