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Author Topic: ScanFS: an alternative to locate? Free indexer, file previews and other niceties  (Read 3756 times)

urlwolf

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Here's an alternative to locate.

ScanFS

it's a free indexer; What does it have over locate? media file previews, live preview of file contents based on keywords or regular expressions, exports search results to excel, etc

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   ▪ Search in single directories or directory groups
   ▪ Search and replace in multiple files
   ▪ Supports simple or regular expressions for filenames and file contents
   ▪ Live preview of file contents, without the need to rescan the file system
   ▪ Live preview of images
   ▪ Windows Explorer integration (by clicking the search button, or pressing F3)
   ▪ Search using multiple file patterns
   ▪ Save/Load search criteria
   ▪ Full unicode support (filenames, file contents, search results, search and replace)
   ▪ Refine search mode (search within catalogs or existing results)
   ▪ Copy/Move/Delete/Rename files and/or directories
   ▪ Drag-drop support, e.g. drop files in explorer windows
   ▪ Can be used as a visual replacement for the command-line grep comman




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Hoping someone writes a FARR plugin for this one too.

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Any advantages over Dopus Search (for those of us with Dopus)?

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Hey, this thing can find text and show a preview.
It can use regular expressions (!).

looks like a new-found jewel!
I don't use vista, I know it has some search facilities, but are they comparable to scanFS?

Great to find music duplicates too.

@Dormouse: Last time I used Dopus, it didn't create an index of your files (it just searches them linearly). Maybe they have added a catalog later, I don't know.

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It took over 20 seconds to show me a thumbnail preview of a single jpg, little under 5 MB in size.  :-[
Perhaps it's more functional if you work with more text and less multimedia.

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so, let's see an extensive comparison between the two!!

anyone?

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@Dormouse: Last time I used Dopus, it didn't create an index of your files (it just searches them linearly). Maybe they have added a catalog later, I don't know.

Dopus incorporates a GDS option if you have it installed. That does have an index and is very fast. Results come up in the normal finder window with all the options.