Tuesday, July 26, 2005

AstroGrep

AstroGrep is a windows gui grep utility. Grep is a UNIX command-line program which searches within files for keywords.

Visit the AstroGrep project page hosted by SourceForge to download the latest version, get the source code, post bugs or request features.

View the source code in the cvs repository on SourceForge.
Features:
1. Regular expressions
2. Concurrent multiple file types
3. Recursive directory searching
4. A "context" feature that selects the lines above and below your search expression
5. Most Recently Used list for search paths
6. Somewhat versatile printing options
7. Double click to open file with editor of your choice
8. Store Most Recently Used file names and search expressions
9. Match Whole Word Only
10. Free of charge and Open Source

Features being contemplated:
1. Color highlight search criteria in results
2. Replace
AstroGrep was developed by Theodore L. Ward with contributions from the open source community at SourceForge.net and is copyright (C) 2002 AstroComma Incorporated. AstroGrep is freely distributable with certain restrictions under the GNU Public License

I tried astrogrep and found it to be simple and easy to use. For someone who finds command line interface broing will definitely like it. But I would still prefer to use the comandline "grep" utility than this. One good is that there is no installation required. Download the executable and you can start off immediately. This should be working for any file type with readable text in it to work I guess. Right now it has got stuck and I would need to close it from the taskmanager [ guess can happen while trying to grep a binary file :-) ]. Find a screenshot here...

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