You are allowed to use this program for testing and evaluation until a next version is available.
The program, in its current version, may be installed on as many machines as you like.
You are free to distribute the program provided that you include all the files in the original archive without any modification.
You are not allowed to sell the program, but can charge
a reasonable amount to cover the cost of the distribution media.
Under no circumstances will the author be liable for any loss
or damage that may be derived from the use of the program.
ACDataSeeker is the copyrighted property of Alessandro Felice
Cantatore, Bitonto, Bari, Italy.
The use of the program implies acceptance of the conditions stated above!
As a forgetful developer, I tend to use quite often the old "Seek and Scan Files" (PMSEEK.EXE) included with OS/2, to find text in the system header files or other source files, or just to find some old news message I had saved a few years ago.
Unfortunately PMSEEK.EXE has serious flaws and using it is not always a pleasent experience, so I decided to code a more functional and feature rich program.
The program is currently quite basic as it is still lacks some essential PMSEEK features like the ability to drag files to an Enhanced editor window or to edit the selected file. On the other hand it already has some little extra option and a more attractive (I hope) interface.
Even if the program is far from complete, I decided to make it available in its current stage, as I want to start to get some feedback so I can easily modify it, while working on implementing the still missing features.
opening files via a double click on the entry in the listbox did not
work if the file name contained spaces.
searching on files containing NULs (i.e. characters with an ASCII value
of 0) stopped at the first NUL. Now, in the search buffer, all NULs are
replaced with spaces and so the whole file is searched.
the product information dialog has been added.
most help menu items now work.
if a folder is dragged on the program icon, the folder path is inserted in the Files to search for: field and the search pattern "\*" is automatically appended to the path.
some features of the Selected menu item (Edit, Open, Settings, Folder, Command line) have now been implemented.
They can be performed either via the Selected menu or via the mouse
(double click to edit the selected file in a new window, Shift + double click
to edit the file in an already opened EPM window, Ctrl + double click to
open the folder containing the file, Alt + double click to open the file
the View and Options menu attributes have been changed so that
the menu is not dismissed once an option has been set (so it is easier to
change multiple options).
the View menu has been reorganized.
to change the font of the dialog you can now drop a font on any caption window (i.e. the text Files to search for:, Text to search for (if any): , etc.).
a search operation is performed the wait pointer is no longer used if the
mouse moves over the window border so now it is easier to resize the window
the problem of the scrambled window layout (on first program execution) has been finally solved.
the wildcard matching routine was buggy. It has now been replaced with a new correct and very fast algorithm.
the program settings were not saved if the program was closed
via the window list or via system shutdown.
the algorithm used for the case insensitive, and boolean searches have been completely rewritten as they were not working properly.
in some systems, on the first execution, the program window has an incorrect size. I failed to reproduce the problem on my machine, anyway made some little modifications which I hope will solve that problem.
an elapsed time indicator showing the time employed to perform a search operation has been addded.
some notes about
how to use metacharacters (alsko known as wildcards or global characters)
in the names of the files to search for have been added.
a serious memory leak problem has been corrected.
At the moment the program just consists in a single executable and since
it does not use any entry in the CONFIG.SYS or in the system INI
files, you can copy the file anywhere you like and use the WPS to create
a program object on your desktop or where you prefer.
The program, once started will create an initialization file in the
To uninstall the program just delete DATASEEK.EXE, DATASEEK.INI
Features and settings
The current working features are:
All disk operations (scanning the disk, reading files, etc.) are performed via a separate thread.
No drive scan on startup Unlikely PMSEEK.EXE you will not see any "Drive not ready" message when starting multiple instances of ACDataSeeker.
Multiple file names
You can specify multiple file names in theFiles to search for:
field using the an OR symbol (a vertical bar ' | ') to separate the file masks.
will find all the files in the drives D: and E: with the extensions TXT, HTM or HTML (and other extension starting with HTM).
Multiple text strings You can specify multiple text strings separating them with the OR symbol ( | ) or with the AND symbol ( & ). You can also use
the escape character ' ^ ' to make the program interpret |, &
and ^ as real characters rather than symbol.
For instance if you specify int theText to search for (if any):field :
The program will find all files which contain at least one occurrence of PFNWP or MIA_CHECKED or MIS_SINGLE.
If you instead specify:
The program will find all files which contain at least one occurrence of all the specified words.
You cannot use mixed or complex boolean logic: the text strings to be searched must either be separated by OR symbols or by AND symbols.
So in the following search string:
only the first OR character is interpreted as a boolean symbol and the program will look for the strings "PFNWP" or "MIA_CHECKED|MIS_SINGLE".
File and text to search history The data of the searched files and text strings are saved in drop down boxes, so in case you have to make a new search of some text in a different path or of new text in a path you had already researched, you just have to select the data from the drop down lists.
Result history A drop down box showing both the details of the searched
files and text allows you to recall the result of a previous file search.
Separate file and text lists There is a separate list for displaying the file with met the search criteria. Once a file is selected the text list is filled with all the occurrences of the found text.
Two arrow buttons allow to resize the two lists according to your needs.
Optionally display file date, time and size
You can choose from the menu what level of details you need.
Optionally sort the found files list
You can display them unsorted, sorted ascending or descending. Sorting depends on the full file data, so if the file date are displayed the files are sorted according to the current date, if only the file size is displayed the file are sorted according to their size, if no additional details is
displayed the file are sorted by name.
Optionally display line numbers and hide leading spaces You can display line numbers in the list of found text. You can also optionally strip the leadings spaces (but you have to repeat the research to do that).
Resizeable and customizable interface
You can use the font palette to change the font used by the main
window: drag a font from the palette and drop it on the window border.
The window size and layout will change to adapt to the new font size.
You can also use the font palette to change the font used by the
entry fields and result lists.
In order to get aligned entries in the result windows you should
select a monospaced font (Courier, System VIO, etc.) and drop it on any
entry field or list window, the other entry field/list windows will automatically adopt the new font.
You can also resize and move the window where you like. The layout of the inner controls will adapt to the new window size.
You can also drop a color on the Search, Stop or Help buttons.
The window size and position, the fonts and the button colors are saved in the DATASEEK.INI file and restored the next time you start the program.
Like with PMSEEK.EXE you can recursively search throught subdirectories.
Exclude binary files
You can optionally exclude files containing NUL characters (i.e.
characters with ASCII value 0).
Case option Like with PMSEEK.EXE you can perform case sensitive or case insensitive searches.
A settings dialog is provided in order to set the default view and search options, the size of the result history and the names of the default editor and command shell (these features will soon be implemented).
Apart from the already mentioned, not yet implemented, features,
I might consider adding GREP and Extended-GREP text search and some more
search options (depending on file date, file size, etc.), search in the EAs
or for specific EAs, search in archived files or via plugin DLLs, specialized
searches depending on the file format (i.e. html files excluding the content
of html tags, in source file comments, etc.).
In any case I will leave more exotical features to a future release as I still have to complete other programs which have been delayed for too long.
In this stage of development, no program registration is yet available.
You are free to use this version of the program until a new version is available.
Once all the planned features will be added I'll decide about registration, costs (if any) etc.