How to do things
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List biggest files
List newest files
Show subdir sizes
Search in files
Replace word in files
List dir differences
Send files in LAN

Free Open Source:

Swiss File Knife

a command line
multi function tool.

remove tabs
list dir sizes
find text
filter lines
find in path
collect text
instant ftp or
http server
file transfer
send text
patch text
patch binary
run own cmd
convert crlf
dup file find
md5 lists
fromto clip
split files
list latest
compare dirs
save typing
trace http
echo colors
head & tail
dep. listing
find classes
speed shell
zip search
zip dir list

Depeche View
Source Research
First Steps

windows GUI

command line
file encryption

free external tools,
zero install effort,
usb stick compliant:

zip and unzip
diff and merge
reformat xml
reformat source

cpp sources

log tracing
mem tracing
using printf


stat. c array
stat. java array
var. c array
var. java array
view all text
as you type
surf over text
find by click
quick copy
multi view
find nearby
find by path
location jump
skip accents
clip match
filter lines
edit text
load filter
hotkey list
receive text
send in C++
send in Java
smooth scroll
touch scroll
fly wxWidgets
fly over Qt
search Java

First Steps with Depeche View, the realtime text research tool. Running Depeche View from Windows Explorer:

Within Windows explorer,

  • double click on the dview.exe file, to start the tool without any loaded text.
  • OR drag+drop folders and files on to dview.exe to run the tool AND have those contents loaded immediately.

creating a desktop icon

make sure dview.exe is stored in a non-desktop location. then click on "Setup" and "create desktop icon". now you may drag+drop folders onto the created icon, just as in explorer.


further reading:
fine tuning the desktop icon

running Depeche View from the Windows Command Prompt

Make sure dview.exe is located in a directory that is listed within the PATH environment variable. then type "dview" and parameters.

formal syntax:

   dview [-options] singleDirectory fileNamePattern1 [pattern2 ...]
   dview -dir mydir1 mydir2 -file pattern1 pattern2


   dview mydir .cpp .hpp      - loads all .cpp and .hpp files from mydir,      
                                including all subdirectories.                  
   dview .                    - loads all TEXT files from the current dir.     
   dview -nosub .             - the same, but excluding subdirectories.        
   dview -dir mydir1 mydir2 -file .txt .doc -dir mydir3 -file !.bak            
        loads .txt and .doc files from mydir1 and mydir2, and loads all        
        files except .bak files from mydir3. note that .doc files are binary,  
        but by listing their extension explicitely, you force them to load.    
   dview . -all .doc .xls     - load all TEXT files, AND .doc .xls binaries.   

command line options

Further options (to be specified directly after "dview"):                   

   -allbin       also load all binary files (extracting text parts).
   -hidden       also load all HIDDEN or SYSTEM files (not default).
                 helpful if you need to search through configuration files,
                 for example of your web browser.
   -wrap[=n]     wrap long text lines at current screen width, or column n.
                 does not work if fastload is set in the config.
   -wrapbin=n    wrap text extracted from binary files at column n.
3.2. from the Linux Shell:

please type "wine dview -linux", and then read the Linux specific help.

loading all text files from a directory tree

Click the Open button, or press CTRL+O, then select a directory.

All TEXT files from this directory, including all subdirectories, are loaded. TEXT means pure ASCII text, NOT MS Word .doc or other binary file formats.

If you want to define in further detail which files to load and which not, read on here how to define a fileset.

Next chapter: Basic Search Within Many Text Files.