Swiss File Knife
a command line
free external tools,
Windows: after download, open a command line (CMD.exe) then CD into the download folder and type "sfk" for the help text. Mac OS X: open the .DMG then control+click on the contained script and select Open. Linux: after download, open a command line or terminal, then rename to sfk like "mv sfk-linux.exe sfk", make it executable by "chmod +x sfk" and type "./sfk"
Intense users may be interested in Swiss File Knife Extended Edition (XE) which features
a high performance replace command for large text and binary files, and which can also
read .zip, .jar, .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 file contents. Read more on that here.
The current version is 1.8.2 Read the list of recent changes here.
You may place questions in the sfk forums, or submit a tracker request.
For software download sites: the SFK PAD file is available here.
SFK Icons and example code for linking can be found here.
Now follows the SFK for Windows syntax overview. (On Mac OS X and Linux, replace every ! character by :, and every $ by #. Type wildcards with a preceeding slash: \* and \?)
SFK - The Swiss File Knife File Tree Processor. Release 1.8.2 Base/XD of Nov 20 2016. StahlWorks Technologies, http://stahlworks.com/ Distributed for free under the BSD License, without any warranty. type "sfk commandname" for help on any of the following. some commands require to add "-help" for the help text. file system sfk list - list directory tree contents. list latest, oldest or biggest files. list directory differences. list zip jar tar gz bz2 contents. sfk filefind - find files by filename sfk treesize - show directory size statistics sfk copy - copy directory trees additively sfk sync - mirror tree content with deletion sfk rename - flexible multi file rename sfk partcopy - copy part from a file into another one sfk mkdir - create directory tree sfk delete - delete files and folders sfk deltree - delete whole directory tree sfk deblank - remove blanks in filenames sfk space [-h] - tell total and free size of volume sfk filetime - tell times of a file sfk touch - change times of a file sfk index - create index file(s) for fast lookup sfk iname - lookup file names using index files sfk fixfile - change bad filenames and file times conversion sfk addcrlf - convert from LF to CRLF line endings sfk crlf-to-lf - convert from CRLF to LF line endings sfk detab - convert TAB characters to spaces sfk entab - convert groups of spaces to TAB chars sfk scantab - list files containing TAB characters sfk split - split large files into smaller ones sfk join - join small files into a large one sfk csvtotab - convert .csv data to tab separated sfk tabtocsv - convert tab separated to .csv format sfk hexdump - create hexdump from a binary file sfk hextobin - convert hex data to binary sfk hex - convert decimal number(s) to hex sfk dec - convert hex number(s) to decimal sfk chars - print chars for a list of codes sfk bin-to-src - convert binary to source code text processing sfk filter - search, filter and replace text data sfk replace - replace words in binary and text files sfk xed - edit stream text using sfk expressions sfk xex - extract from stream text using expressions sfk xreplace - XE: replace in files using sfk expressions sfk run - run external command on all files of a folder sfk runloop - run a command n times in a loop sfk printloop - print some text many times sfk perline - run sfk command(s) per input text line sfk head - print first lines of a file sfk tail - print last lines of a file sfk snapto - join many text files into one file sfk addhead - insert string at start of text lines sfk addtail - append string at end of text lines sfk joinlines - join text lines split by email reformatting sfk strings - extract strings from a binary file sfk sort - sort text lines produced by another command sfk count - count text lines, filter identical lines sfk linelen - tell length of string(s) search and compare sfk xfind - search in text and binary files using wildcards and simple expressions sfk xtext - search in text files only sfk xhexfind - search with hexdump output sfk extract - extract data from text and binary sfk find - search static text, without wildcards sfk hexfind - search static binary data sfk md5gento - create list of md5 checksums over files sfk md5check - verify list of md5 checksums over files sfk md5 - calc md5 over a file, compare two files sfk pathfind - search PATH for location of a command sfk reflist - list fuzzy references between files sfk deplist - list fuzzy dependencies between files sfk dupfind - find duplicate files by content networking sfk httpserv - run an instant HTTP server. type "sfk httpserv -help" for help. sfk ftpserv - run an instant FTP server type "sfk ftpserv -help" for help. sfk ftp - instant anonymous FTP client sfk web - send HTTP request to a server sfk wget - download HTTP file from the web sfk tcpdump - print TCP conversation between programs sfk udpdump - print incoming UDP requests sfk udpsend - send UDP requests sfk ip - tell own machine's IP address(es). type "sfk ip -help" for help. sfk netlog - send text outputs to network, and/or file, and/or terminal sfk fromnet - receive and print network text sfk ping - ping multiple machines in one go scripting sfk help chain - how to combine multiple commands sfk script - run many sfk commands in a script file sfk label - define starting points within a script sfk call - call a sub function at a label sfk echo - print (coloured) text to terminal sfk color - change text color of terminal sfk alias - create command from other commands sfk mkcd - create command to reenter directory sfk sleep - delay execution for milliseconds sfk pause - wait for user input sfk tee - split command output in two streams sfk tofile - save command output to a file sfk toterm - flush command output to terminal sfk loop - repeat execution of a command chain sfk cd - change directory within a script sfk getcwd - print the current working directory sfk require - compare version text sfk time [-h] - print current date and time development sfk bin-to-src - convert binary data to source code sfk make-random-file - create file with random data sfk fuzz - change file at random, for testing sfk sample - print example code for programming sfk patch - change text files through a script sfk inst - instrument c++ with tracing calls diverse sfk calc - do a simple instant calculation sfk number - print number in diverse formats sfk xmlform - reformat xml for easy viewing sfk media - cut video and binary files sfk view - show results in a GUI tool sfk toclip - copy command output to clipboard sfk fromclip - read text from clipboard sfk env - search environment variables sfk version - show version of a binary file sfk ascii - list ISO 8859-1 ASCII characters sfk ascii -dos - list OEM codepage 850 characters sfk spell [-h] - phonetic spelling for telephone sfk cmd - print an example command sfk license - print the SFK license text sfk update - check for SFK updates help by subject sfk samp - example scripts on sfk use and for http web access automation sfk help select - how dirs and files are selected in sfk sfk help options - general options reference sfk help patterns - wildcards and text patterns within sfk sfk help chain - how to combine (chain) multiple commands sfk help var - how to use sfk variables and parameters sfk help shell - how to optimize the windows command prompt sfk help unicode - about unicode file reading support sfk help colors - how to change result colors sfk help compile - how to compile sfk on any linux system sfk help xe - infos on sfk extended edition All tree walking commands support file selection this way: 1. short format with ONE directory tree and MANY file name patterns: src1dir .cpp .hpp .xml bigbar !footmp 2. short format with a list of explicite file names: letter1.txt revenues9.xls report3\turnover5.ppt 3. long format with MANY dir trees and file masks PER dir tree: -dir src1 src2 !src\save -file foosys .cpp -dir bin5 -file .exe For detailed help on file selection, type "sfk help select". * and ? wildcards are supported in filenames. "foo" is interpreted as "*foo*", so you can leave out * completely to search a name part. sfk list mydir lists ALL files of mydir, no * needed. sfk list mydir .cpp .hpp lists SOME files of mydir by extension. sfk list mydir !.cfg lists all files of mydir EXCEPT .cfg configure your windows CMD.exe properly. select many display columns, 3000 lines for scrollback and copy/paste of displayed text. "sfk help shell" for more. beware of Shell Command Characters. parameters containing spaces or characters <>|!&?* must be sur- rounded by quotes "". type "sfk filter" for details and examples. WRONG COLORS? Use one of: set SFK_COLORS=theme:black for DARK backgrounds set SFK_COLORS=theme:white for BRIGHT backgrounds see also "sfk help colors" sfk uses environment variables: SFK_COLORS=head:4,examp:4,file:1,hit:4,rep:6 SFK_LOGTO=term,net type "sfk ask word1 word2 ..." to search ALL help text for words. type "sfk dumphelp" to print ALL help text. +---------------------------------------------------------+ | Get the Five Dollar SFK Book: type "sfk book" for more. | |---------------------------------------------------------| | Browse all text of a folder fast: sfk dview | +---------------------------------------------------------+