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Create tab separated CSV text files with all filenames of a folder

, including time and size information, with the free sfk index command.
- 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 The Book - New Command Line Horizons.
sfk gindex[2] [opts] -dir rootDir [rootDir2] ...
sfk index [opts] -dir localDir ...

create index file(s) containing file names with time
and size info, for later realtime filename lookup,
or just to archive folder meta data.

creating index files for use with sfk name

 to create a local index of the current directory tree, use
   sfk index .
      which writes a local file zz-index.txt.
      Under windows, no files are written to C:\
      directly, but only to a folder C:\zz-index\
      to avoid storage in a special system folder

 to create a global index of the current machine, use
   sfk gindex -dir C:\ D:\
      which stores a base index file in your user folder:

 to create an extended global index of network drives, use
   sfk gindex2 -dir T:\ P:\ V:\
      if drives T, P, V are network drives. this will write
      an extended index file in a user local folder:

 in other words:

   sfk index writes an index locally onto the disk
      where you are standing, visible for all users.
      this is useful 1. under linux in the root dir "/"
      to make an index of all files available for all users
      2. on external media like USB hard drives, where an
      index in the drive root can be used on any machine.

   sfk gindex is your personal global index of whatever
      disk contents are important for you, not for use
      by other users, and maintained only by yourself.

creating special purpose meta data archives

 to create a local index of a sub folder "mydir", use
   sfk index mydir
      which writes a file zz-index-mydir.txt. this file
      can NOT be used with sfk name. it's just an archive
      of file meta informations for that sub folder.

using indexes for fast name lookup

    sfk name word [word2] [word3] [...]
      will use local index files:
         - in the current folder
         - in the parent folder
         - and so on, until the root folder "\"
         - and also the global Base Index file
      and then lists all file names from those indexes
      having the given words in their name or path.

    sfk name2 word [word2] [word3] [...]
      does the same as name, but also includes
      the global Extended Index file.

sfk index options
   -tofile f  write output into a file f instead of the
              default index file. can be used then with
              "sfk name -from f ..."
   -hidden    list also hidden or system files
   -arc       include contents of .zip .jar .ear etc. archives
              and also .gz, .bz2, .tar, .tar.gz and .tar.bz2
              as deep as possible, including nested archives.
              type "sfk help opt" for supported file extensions.
   -qarc      quick list archives, lists only archive entries
              at the top level, skipping nested archives.

   sfk lindex       same as sfk index
   sfk iname        same as sfk name

see also
   sfk name         lookup files in local and Base Indexes
   sfk name2        lookup in local, Base and Extended Index
   sfk help select  the sfk file selection syntax.
   sfk help opt     for further general options.
   sfk dir          list contents of a directory.
   sfk home         tell sfk home folder location

web reference

   sfk gindex C:\
       create a global Base Index containing all file names
       from drive C: using a short syntax.
   sfk gindex C:\ !.tmp !.bak
       the same, but excluding all .tmp and .bak files.
       to include another drive letter in the index,
       the long syntax must be used:
   sfk gindex -dir C:\ D:\ -subdir !tmp -file !.bak
       create Base Index of C: and D: without any sub
       dirs having tmp in their name, and w/o .bak files.
   sfk gindex2 -dir P:\ W:\
       if P: and W: are network drives, this creates
       an Extended Index file with their contents.
   sfk index .
       if standing in the root dir of a drive like D:\
       this will write a local index file for that drive
       which can later be used by typing sfk name
       from within in any folder on that drive.

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.

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