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Happy 10th anniversary :Thmbsup:! FARR was one of my first and greatest experiences with application launchers, it certainly has made my daily interactions with computers much more enjoyable :-) I just had to drop by and say hi after receiving the e-mail you sent. Thank you for creating FARR and all the best Jesse!

- Daniel

Find And Run Robot / Re: Windows 8 and FARR
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:33 AM »
Don't forget it's pretty easy to just get the good old start menu back in Windows 8. Multiple 3rd party tools are available. I use Start8 myself which works wonders, it even enables you to boot directly to the desktop instead of to Metro when starting your PC. It's only $5 so I think that's worth it =) Of course I still use an application launcher for the majority of things I launch but the total lack of old Start Menu was just frustrating.

The newest version still works fine with my custom system power icons.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.200.01 - Sep 25, 2012
« on: October 14, 2012, 03:25 PM »
It seems to have fixed the issue with my custom icons mouser, thanks :Thmbsup:

Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.200.01 - Sep 25, 2012
« on: September 29, 2012, 02:08 AM »
There are a few options in farr for whether to "resolve shortcuts" on the bottom of the Search Behavior tab -- you might try turning those off and seeing if that fixes it.  If not let me know -- I can surely fix it as an option.
Yeah I tried playing with those settings (and some under Launch Options) yesterday but unfortunately they did not solve it :) I think you can easily reproduce by just making a shortcut to some random executable and associate a .ico with a different icon.

I also notice I launch search results using the F1-F9 keys for some reason, but I cannot seem to configure this behavior (I'd like to disable it)? I already disabled launching using the numpad keys in options.
Great :-*

Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.200.01 - Sep 25, 2012
« on: September 28, 2012, 01:04 PM »
Hi Mouser,

Thank you for fixing the crash :Thmbsup:

Another thing I noticed; FARR does not seem to pick up custom .ico files set on a shortcut, but instead always (?) uses the 'integrated' icon file of an executable. Case in point; I created shortcuts to psshutdown.exe (available here for people who want it) to shutdown / reboot / standby my computer using FARR and have associated the proper icons via Properties > Change Icon... This works fine in Windows (of course) and also in Launchy, but FARR seems to not pick up the icon. The result in the FARR window is the middle (.lnk) file which has the standby.ico associated with it, and points to the psshutdown.exe file next to it.


Hehe, I just realized this exact issue has occurred in the past, I dug up my old post. Perhaps it can help you in finding / solving the problem. 3 years ago already, time flies xD

I also notice I launch search results using the F1-F9 keys for some reason, but I cannot seem to configure this behavior (I'd like to disable it)? I already disabled launching using the numpad keys in options.

How strange!

I don't think removing core aliases is the cause of this problem, but i'm not sure what is..

I'm guessing you might have one of your own aliases configured to use %?

Can you do a little more experimenting to figure out what's going on?

The special use of % is actually governed by a new alias "AliasGroups\Installed\EnvVars\EnvVars.alias", so if you delete/disable that you will see behavior when it is around.

Love to hear some more clues about what might be causing this.


Well I actually removed my previous version completely and reinstalled the new beta (ZIP version), so none of my aliases were interfering ^_^ Here are the steps to reproduce:

1) Download portable zip version, extract
2) Delete contents of \AliasGroups\Installed\Core_Aliases
3) Start FARR
4) Press % [SPACE]
5) Enjoy the crash =)

Hi Mouser,

The new beta (v2.107.02) crashes for me when typing '%' to list environment variables, followed by pressing the spacebar. In the picture I pressed them in quick succession, hence no environment variables were displayed at all. However, even if you press %, wait till the list gets populated and then press space it happens.

Some testing leads me to believe this only occurs when the Core-Misc.alias file is missing from %FARRDIR%\AliasGroups\Installed\Core_Aliases. I don't like all the aliases FARR comes with (websites, search etc) so I tend to remove all contents of Core_Aliases to get rid of them. Me removing all those files is actually caused by the cumbersome process to disable every built-in alias through the Options dialog; you have to select every alias/group from the dropdown, then uncheck the box 'Enable alias'. It would be nice to have a way to disable / enable all aliases at once =)

Mouser, I can't find this in the current version of FARR, did you throw it out again? I missed your reply at the time so I actually never saw it.

tomos' solution should work. As ewemoa already points out, FARR does not use an index or 'database' as you call it. It does, however, by default adds launched items to a launchhistory, which can be cleared from the options.

FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: New FARR Plugin: FCalc
« on: December 13, 2009, 10:19 AM »

czb's JSCalc is actually much more advanced than FCalc and is recommended (even by Mouser himself) over FCalc. I'm not saying FCalc isn't good but JSCalc surely is better.

JSCalc is part of czb's CZB pack, so download that to get JSCalc, among other plugins.

FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: CZB pack
« on: September 13, 2009, 03:58 PM »

it appears the jscalc plugin contains the same bug as the fcalc plugin; when you increment a variable by n using x = x + n; it somehow increments x by 2*n.


x = 1.
x = x + 1


x = 1
x += 1

you would think x now holds the value 2. However, it appears x is now 3. could you fix this easily? would be nice :).

Thanks in advance!

Find And Run Robot / Re: Another FARR similar app - Executor
« on: August 23, 2009, 08:00 PM »
As someone who is not a geeky type I like the fact that it is easy to use and the killer for me is that it uses much less memory than the others. The way i have FARR set up it sits in the tray and uses 2mb! executor uses 5.5
So you're not the geeky type but the biggest advantage of FARR over other tools is that it uses a whopping 3.5 MB less memory? You do realize you most likely have about 1000+ MB at your disposal? Don't get me wrong it's nice when an app uses little RAM but 2 MB vs 5.5 MB doesn't make any difference (yes more than double but it's 3.5 MB for crying out loud).

FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: [FCalc] Variable increment bug
« on: August 14, 2009, 04:28 PM »
Just a heads up, I noticed the bug is still around ;)

How can you trust any of the future warnings that program gives when it triggers on some random .ico files :D?

Hi Mouser,

Your new beta fixes my problem with the Standby and other system power icons, thanks!

Thanks for your quick answer Mouser.

About the n+1 items: I also thought about the duplicates but it actually turns out to be a slight bug anyway, it simply found the same file twice.. This happened for some more files I noticed. Below is the output with 'remove duplicates' unchecked. This isn't supposed to happen I guess?

~edit: actually notice the difference in capital letters: Programs\.... vs programs\

Mouser what did you do!? Apparently you tried to fix some icon display issues but now you messed up some for me :( They have always worked before.

~edit: oh and I just noticed the statusbar reports "Found n+1 results in x seconds" for n items -- in the attached screenshot it reports finding 2 results but it just found one. This does not always happen but usually it does, quite strange. I don't have any other file named 'standby' or something in my search folders if I recall correctly.

I attached the .ico file (rename it from .txt as it's not allowed to post .ico files... lol)
I attached a .zip file containing all 3 .ico files from the screenshot.

Nice there's a plugin to talk to a desktop search tool now :Thmbsup: As I do not really use WDS at this moment other than to index my e-mails I will not yet try it, but I could give it a go once I figure out the advantages of indexing my files -- I know exactly where my files are and what their contents are so I don't think I really need to.

Mouser; it's not exactly instant live file searching of contents as the file has to be indexed first ;) But perhaps WDM indexes on file changes (I don't know), so then it's semi-live searching anyway ;)

Desktop search tools aren't going to help with tagging, true. However, I do believe they will have a much higher hit rate than FARR as they also scan the contents of files. Actually, they can guarantee that higher hit rate as they also search the file name. In the example he mentioned about the noise policy; the document itself will most likely contain the keywords 'party', 'construction' etcetera, hence the file noisepolicy.doc will pop up when searching, right?

My point is, manually tagging the files is a very time consuming task, and perhaps not even needed when the tags you want to set are already present in the text :) I am questioning the effectiveness of FARR in this situation versus some kind desktop search tool with the advantages I mentioned (which does not take away from the fact FARR is awesome for launching stuff ;))

You might want to install something like Windows Desktop Search or Google Desktop Search; those will also scan the contents of the files.

Hmm, icon is still there in systemtray for me (I enabled to hide when minimized). It does blink when I dismiss FARR but is still present. Why not disable it all together, instead of just when minimized? Does that mean the icon would pop up every time I call FARR  :-\?

Find And Run Robot / Re: hide tray icon
« on: February 22, 2009, 05:05 AM »
Thanks :Thmbsup:

I assume it's still there for users who didn't put in a (free) license key yet to nag them every now and then ;)?

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR Request: Sorting Columns in aliases box
« on: February 08, 2009, 04:27 PM »
+1 (is intuitive seeing how all explorer windows sport this functionality)

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