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Old 07-08-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
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Good find/search program


I currently use the Find Files/Programs GUI application in KDE to find files and text on my computer - it's easy, fast and useful, but it has a couple of drawbacks.

Firstly, it only finds the first occurrence of any text in a file. I often want to know every occurrence.

Secondly, there is no replace function.

I'd like to look at alternative applications, with the following requirements:

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. GUI application.

. Allows search for filenames and/or text, with regular expressions.

. Lists all occurrences of text found.

. Doesn't *require* the building of an index (I've got time, I don't mind the wait, and I don't want index files storing my data and filenames).

. (in an ideal world) allows replacement of text.
If anyone is au fait with the Windows application TextCrawler, a Linux equivalent of that would be really welcome.

Does such a beast exist to anyone's knowledge?
 
Old 07-08-2016, 12:23 PM   #2
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Catfish?

Add@: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...0/#post5572128
Then: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...le-4175584061/

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Catfish?
Thanks. I've just installed it and given it a whirl. It's nice and simple with a clean interface, but no better than the KDE Find Files/Programs application to be honest.

In particular, at first use, it doesn't appear to support regular expressions, only lists the file where text was found rather than all occurrences of the text (and indeed only shows the file name, not the occurrence of the text that was found), uses an index, and has no text replacement capability. Of course I haven't dug deeply but couldn't find how to resolve any of these in the options provided.
 
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I'd keep searching then e.g: GNU\Linux "reviews" &c, and maybe your package manager but CLI* may have the best tools you're looking for?
 
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Just a quick update to say that I've found a lovely wee program called regexxer (https://git.gnome.org/browse/regexxer; Ubuntu repository).

It hasn't been updated in a while, and doesn't include advanced functionality such as multi-line replacement, but it ticks all the boxes. Just what I was looking for.

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