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Utility to find and/or replace strings in text files.


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  • Posted:26 Sep 2005
    File Size:350KB
    License:Public Domain
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    Publisher:Wolfgang Schreiber


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    Change.exe allows you to do bulk changes in single or multiple files. You can do search and replace, automatic or interactive, and apply various include/exclude criteria.

    Syntax: CHANGE <filespec> /find= [options]
    Each change will be shown and must be confirmed on the screen.
    Pathnames and wildcards in filename are allowed.
    Options: Optional parameters are:
     /replace=yyy   :   replacement text
      /u   :   ignore upper/lower cases
      /noconfirm   :   replace without confirmation
      /silent  :   replace without confirmation or display
      /verbose   :   verbose - display unchanged lines
     /sub   :   recurse through subdirectories
      /blanks  :   use '_' to represent blanks in command line
     /quiet   :   quiet: do not display current file name
     /include=xxx   :   replace only if line contains xxx
      /exclude=xxx   :   replace only if line does not contain xxx
     /Pinclude=xxx   :   replace only if page contains xxx
      /Pexclude=xxx   :   replace only if page does not contain xxx
     Options are not case-sensitive and entered in any order.
      They may be appreviated as long as kept identifiable
    Place Holders: Optional Place Holders:
      #CR   :   CRLF
      #TAB: tabulator
      #-#:empty string
      #PERC:'%' character (may be req'ed in batch jobs)
      #QUOTE: '"' character
      #EOL: End of line
      #BOL: Begin of line
      #TIME:current time
      #DATE:current date
      #PATH:path name
      #FILE:file name
      #LINE:line number
      #COUNT: incremental counter (start: 1)
    Examples: CHANGE P:SUB\*.DOC /Find=IBM /Repl=Novell /u
      CHANGE ABC.TXT /Find=IBM /Repl="" /n /i /w
      CHANGE ABC.TXT /F="This one" /Excl="That one" /s
      CHANGE ABC.TXT /F=This_one /R=That_one /w /b
      CHANGE *.TXT /F=today /R=#DATE /s
      CHANGE *.TXT /F=good /R=evil /pinc=Microsoft

    Restrictions: You need sufficient rights and disk space
    Blanks in strings must be quoted or represented by '_'
    Only ASCII text files are allowed

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