How to do things
AI Noob vs. Pro
Free Open Source:
a command line
free external tools,
- download the free Swiss File Knife Base from Sourceforge. - open the Windows CMD command line, Mac OS X Terminal or Linux shell. - OS X : type mv sfk-mac-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk - Linux: type mv sfk-linux-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk OS X and Linux syntax may differ, check the help within the tool.
sfk wildcards and text patterns: available wildcards: * = any number of characters. ? = a single character. available slash patterns: \t = TAB \q = double quote " \r = carriage return \n = linefeed \xnn = any character with hexadecimal value nn, e.g. \x09 is the same as \t (TAB) \\ = the backslash \ itself \* = the star '*' itself [only with some commands] \? = quotation mark '?' [only with some commands] support by commands: if any command supports slash patterns, - they are not active by default, except for commands starting with "x" that use SFK Expressions. - to use, say -spat directly after the command name: sfk echo -spat "three\tlittle\ttabs\t." prints: three little tabs . - to activate slash patterns globally over multiple commands of a command chain, say -spat directly after "sfk": sfk -spat echo "two\ttabs" +filter -rep "x\tx_x" prints: two_tabs if any command supports wildcards, - they are active by default. - they can be deactivated by option -literal or -lit, if you need to find/replace '*' or '?' characters themselves: sfk echo "*** ok ***" +filter -lit -rep "_*_=_" prints: === ok === - to deactivate globally over multiple commands of a chain, say -literal directly after "sfk": sfk -literal echo "*** ok ???" +filter -lit -rep "_?_!_" prints: *** ok !!! - another way to find/replace '*' or '?' is to say -spat and then to use \* and \? patterns: sfk echo "*** ok ***" +filter -spat -rep "_\*_=_" prints: === ok === further reading: sfk help options - general options reference sfk help chain - about command chaining
sfk is a free open-source tool, running instantly without installation efforts. no DLL's,
no registry changes - just get sfk.exe from the zip package and use it (binaries for
windows, linux and mac are included).
read more about all sfk functions here.