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Method to search multiple zip files (jar,war,ear,zip) for a folder

Is there an easy way to search Method to search multiple zip files (jar,war,ear,zip) for a folder? Some of these files may be in a maven like folder structure and not all in 1 folder.
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Windows 8: Files show up in search in the file explorer, but not normally

I was cleaning up my hard drive recently, and I encountered several archive files that I could find when using search in file explorer, but not normally. When I checked the files properties, all have ...
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How to search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? [duplicate]

How can I search for multiple filename extensions in Windows 8? Semicolon does not work:
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How to find all video type files in windows 8.1

How can I find all my video files in windows 8.1? I go into the windows 8.1 start screen and start typing "*.avi". It finds a small number of videos on my C drive. Search appears to only look on ...
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Why windows 7 search becomes too slow after frequently use?

Situation: We are working on a file management project where we need to generate and sort around 60,000 files per day and burn them in DVD's everyday as the final output. All files have JPG extension ...
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How can I search for files that are either compressed or uncompressed in Windows Explorer?

I know that Windows explorer can colorize the NTFS compression state of a file, in both the regular and search views. How can I specifically filter/search for files that are compressed or ...
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Batch File - Search for string and copy next word to new file

Good Day All. I want to search for the following string in a bunch of TEXT files in a folder: USER Then I want to copy the string next to this word (USER), and copy it to a new text file. How do ...
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Search Everything does not always find file with exclamation marks

I have a file called !!! Readme !!!.txt. When I search the file with Search Everything, the following happens: search for Readme finds the file search for !!! does not find the file but finds many ...
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Search Everything: Additional filter parameters?

In Search Everything, the famous Windows NTFS file search engine, in its last incarnation 1.3.3.658b we can create custom filters by defining a list of file extensions. My question is: Is it also ...
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Is there a way to search for files by hash value?

Is there a way I can have a hash value as input when searching for files and a complete list of files and their locations as output? This could be helpful when trying to pin point file duplicates. I ...
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How to find all files with a specific extension in Windows 8?

On a computer with Windows 8, how can I find all files with a specific extension within a drive or network location? For example, how can I find all *.docx files on my hard drive?
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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Finding files on mounted disk with locate

I have a small SSD disk with my linux system, and a large IDE disk with most of my work, that is mounted at system start. For some reason I can't seem to find files on the IDE disk using locate. I ...
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Search for unique file in two or more folders

Is there a way to search for single/unique files in two or more different folders in windows? is there an add-on/app for this? (Don't understand how to run code) Thanks
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Search file in compressed files in DOS

How can I search for files in compressed files using DOS? I know I can search for files with the dir command, like this: dir HtmlInputSecret.* /s But I don't think it searches in compressed files, ...
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Windows alternative to locate on ubuntu

The locate command on ubuntu is so great that I miss it a lot on Windows 7. Do you know of an alternative? Ok I found this but it's not great: ...
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How can I force Everything search engine to re-index?

I used Everything for searching files on Windows 7. I made many changes in the file system based on the results (deleting and renaming specific files), and I want to check if I covered all the files I ...
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How can I identify files in my Windows file system where the modified date is X more recent than the created date?

I'm hoping this can be handled with some PowerShell tricks. I have a directory on my work machine (Windows XP) containing tons of PDFs, some of which I've annotated and resaved. I'd like to be able ...
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How do I disable indexing in a specific directory across multiple platforms?

I have some files that will be accessed across several platforms (Mac OS X and Windows 7 mainly, but I wouldn't rule out Linux in the future) and I do not want these files indexed by the search ...
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How Windows Search determines what results to show?

What is the precise behavior of Windows Search? Is it searching for only files it considers documents? Or only in some directories, no matter what root directory was specified by the user? Example: ...
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Why does all file search perform worse than Google Web Search? [closed]

Google gives me results from the "vast internets" within microseconds. Those results are (or used to be) utterly awesome. They have changed the world. Okay, but when I want to search my "vast ...
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Windows 7 File Explorer search not working

I can't use the Windows 7 File Explorer search successfully. If I enter a search string, for instance car in the search box, I just get No files found, despite obviously having several files that ...
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grep returning wrong messages in GNOME Desktop(Linux)

I need to search a particular string inside a folder structure. The File system contains multiple files, but i need to check only XML files. I searched and tried the commands for Linux Recursive ...
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Are there any tools for doing a text search within binary data?

This question is somewhat related to this so post: Searching text in binary data I am not looking for a programming solution that involves having to make a program to this. I was wondering if there ...
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searching information within files [duplicate]

I need some information which is stored with in a file on Windows 7 system, I do not remember the file name rather what I remember is a bit of keywords which are stored some where in some file.How can ...
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Why don't file managers use the Master File Table for instant search results? [closed]

I've just discovered UltraSearch and was blown away by its file and folder search speed. It's instantaneous. And doesn't use any indexing service. It simply uses the NTFS Master File Table, which ...
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How to run updatedb, excluding some paths, but not removing previous indexed content for those paths?

I have a strange question, and i am not sure this is something doable at all, thats why i am asking it to the SuperUser :) So, imagine that you have your filesystem with some mount points for ...
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Searching a string in a file anywhere on PC using Findstr

I have a text (.txt) file located somewhere on my PC that contains a bunch of data, including the following string: Secret Username: ********* Secret Password: ********* How can I find this file ...
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Windows 8 Stuck on Start Screen File Search

I have been searching someone else having the same issue but I couldn't find any. Here is my problem: I'm using Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. File search screen does not close itself after I make ...
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How to search contents of files in folder?

In Win 7, how can I search for a word in the contents of all files in a specific folder. In XP this was easy. All you had to do was type the word into the "A word or phrase in file" text box on the ...
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How can I search my Windows 7 machine for all files with alternate data streams?

I'm interested to see if any files on my system have any ADS (NTFS Alternate Data Stream). At least the build-in file search on Window 7 Starter doesn't seem to have this option. Is there a way with ...
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Windows Utility to search files with certain criteria and act on them

I am looking for a Windows utility which can search for files fulfilling certain criteria (e.g., file type is "Word" (.doc or .docx), with last modify date older than 1 year ago), and perform several ...
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Is there any file content search tool that decompresses JAR files before looking into it?

I use Agent Ransack to grep entire directories. But it doesn't unzip JAR files before looking into them, is there any tool that does that?
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Force Windows 8 to search indexed files

When using search files in Windows 8 (win+f) I don't get expected results. For example, I installed VLC, it's in Program Files (86) folder, and that folder is selected for indexing. Search for files ...
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How to do binary searches on Windows?

I want to search for a binary file and all I know it contains a certain sequence of bytes. What tool can help me to find it?
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Solution to archive and search PDF files on a NAS

In my company we have a lot of customer information saved in .pdf files which are stored on a QNAP NAS. I want to be able to do a quick search for information inside the .pdf, like Contract Numbers ...
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Searching network drive without indexing - win xp

I believe someone else asked that question in relation to Windows 7 but if I want to search a network drive in Win XP, is there a way to do it without the need to index the files?
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Searching for content in a large number of Excel files

I have 2500 Excel files. I need to output all rows which contain a certain string in a certain column. How can I do this? What if the certain string is not in a fixed column, but could be in any ...
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what is the syntax to specify “OR” in windows 7 file search?

I have a text file with a list of numbers. I have a directory with a lot of documents. I would like to find all documents in the directory where the title contains one or more of the list of ...
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search for a substring in file name with built in windows search

I am using windows 8 and I find that the built in search facility is not working as expected. I have a folder like this and when I search it like this, I get no result. I would like the search ...
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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
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Advanced file and folder search for Windows 7

Is there a way to add advanced options when doing a search on Windows 7? for example how to exclude certain folder, or exclude certain file types. Any software that could help with this sort of ...
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How can I search for the largest image file in a folder? (resolution and size)

I have a large collection of image files, from different cameras, phones, etc. They are all nicely sorted into folders by date/subject (eg: 2011-12-25-Family Christmas Dinner) and I manage them using ...
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Search all files containing text

With Busybox, how do you search for an expression within a bunch of files recursively through a bunch of directories, but only look through text files? We don't know what the file's suffix is going ...
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How to search *upwards* for file? (reverse find)

I'd like to search "upwards" for a file in shell script, e.g. check $PWD, then $PWD/.., then $PWD/../.., etc. until hitting the root. Before I go and roll my own, is there some builtin bash/zsh/find ...
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Searching files in the server and searching string inside the source code

Are there software that enables you to search files or string inside your sourcecode that's on the server? The text editor I am currently using is Coda by Panic and the server I am using is Amazon ...
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How to search emails by matching header fields against regex “in” Thunderbird?

How to search emails by header fields such as Subject, Sender, Receipt, against regex? The emails are fetched and read with Thunderbird. But the searching doesn't need to occur through Thunderbird ...
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Searching for Extensionless Files in Windows 7

I cannot for the life of me figure out a way to have Windows 7 Explorer search for files with no extension. In XP it was nice and simple: just search for files named *. but in 7, that does not work ...
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Fast search within text files in windows

Is there a program for windows that would do a great job of searching within files? I have a folder that I constantly need to search in for certain text, It would be nice to have a program that ...
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What's an alternative to “Everything” search for Linux?

In windows there is a pretty good search tool named Everything, which can let us search files by name. It's very fast, and easy to use. Now I wonder if there is any similar tool in Linux? Command ...