How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

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frew
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How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by frew » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:19 pm

Hello,

Is there a way with Everything to search my entire hard drive for a huge list of files?

I have a textfile with a list of .wav thousands of filenames, like this for example:

1.wav
ocean.wav
bassdrum.wav
synth1.wav
hihat_001.wav
cat purring.wav
projector3.wav
arrow.wav

I'm looking for a way to do one search and have all the files in the list show up in the search results.
This way in one action I can move them all to a collection folder, without having to search
for each file in this list separately.

I know I can do:

wfn:snare.wav|wfn:bassdrum.wav|wfn:ocean.wav

and that is very nice, but how about for over two thousand files in the text file list?

Thanks for any ideas.

frew

salazor
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by salazor » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:28 pm

I can see in the example that all files have the extension .wav so it should work

Code: Select all

*.wav
remember: Regex must be switched off

void
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by void » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:07 am

I have plans to add a search from a text file option.

Currently it's not easy to do this, you would need a script to convert each line into one search and this is currently limited to 100 terms.

frew
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by frew » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:24 pm

void wrote:I have plans to add a search from a text file option.

Currently it's not easy to do this, you would need a script to convert each line into one search and this is currently limited to 100 terms.

Okay, thanks for the reply.

Thanks for Everything.

Seeya

therube
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by therube » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:23 pm

I'm not quite following the purpose of this, but...

Perhaps something down & dirty?

Echo "Filename,Size,Date Modified,Date Created,Attributes" > temp_file
Use ES & a FOR loop, output the results to >> temp_file
Do a little formatting on that sed -e s/^/"/ -e s/$/"/ > wav_files.efu
Load the .efu in File List Editor

?

questorfla
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by questorfla » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:34 pm

Not sure if this would help in your case but I had a very similar question back in 2009 :) That was a long time ago I know but the problem was similar and the replies helped me quite a bit. You might want to take a look at my post from way back then.
http://www.voidtools.com/forum/viewtopi ... 740#p11893

I am not sure how to get you directly to that topic within the forum but I am sure there is a way. If not that direct link take you to the topic on the board.
My question was "(How to) use everything to find all files in a list"

I was just a matter of formatting a batch script to take each line of the list and us the results to echo into another list (or I guess it depends on what you need the results for)

horst.epp
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by horst.epp » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:53 pm

MagiC wrote:Is it possible to find a million names simultaneously? :D
How to bypasses length limit?
Another program supports the "infinite length"
Again one of a useless posting.
Just stop spamming forums.

void
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by void » Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:42 am

Edit controls have a 30000 character limit by default.
This limit has been removed for the next release of Everything.


therube
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Re: How to search and find hundreds of files at once?

Post by therube » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:13 pm

The file names in the text file must be complete file names
I've been looking at filelist: over the last number of days, I hadn't pickup up on that part.

What I was intending to do was to take parts of a set of complete file names, & do a search for (what then might be) similarly named files.

And I wasn't getting (my) expected results.

So then I messed around using the same command line filelist: provided, but using ww: (which filelist: seems to be mightily related to) & wnf: & got some stuff returned, just not sure of how much use it is - to me?

And now that I see that earlier thought of what the feature would do, won't work, I'm trying to come up with a use-case for filelist: ...

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