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Is it just me, or has the Windows search function become totally useless on text files? It fails to find the simplest text phrases that I can see in plain view. I have to open the text file itself and perform the search. How stupid is that? It's totally mucked up. There are dozen or so Wingrep clones out there, so I was wondering if anyone had a particular favorite one for Windows XP that works well?

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Thanks.
I guess the best kind of searching app would be one that added itself to the Explorer menu when
you right-click on a directory for searching. So it's convenient, and not trouble-some to
use when you want it right there and now.

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You are using Windows XP right?
http://www.pcplus.co.uk/tips/default.asp?pagetypeid=2&articleid=5870&subsectionid=390
here you can download a patch

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Original post by davepermen
i'd like a hd googler :D
It's in development. Google wants to get it out before WinFS (and with WinFS being sliced from Longhorn, it's a lot more likely) and whatever Apple is calling their desktop search system in Tiger. Sometime next year, I'd imagine.

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What's a HD Googler and why would it be better than grep?

I just need a Windows version of grep that doesn't follow a restrictive set of hidden rules
that I don't know about.

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What's a HD Googler and why would it be better than grep?

I just need a Windows version of grep that doesn't follow a restrictive set of hidden rules
that I don't know about.
Windows port of grep. I haven't tried it, so I don't know how well it works.

Google can search the entire internet - some 4 billion pages - in about half a second. Windows search - and grep - can take a couple of minutes to search the few thousand documents on an average hard drive. The idea is to apply full-text search algorithms (that have been known since the seventies) to the modern desktop.

The downside is that some sort of object store is needed, usually a database. This uses hard drive space. In an era where HD space is less than a dollar a gigabyte, burning a couple of gigs of a 400GB hard drive to speed up searches by a few orders of magnitude is a pretty good tradeoff. While 400GB may not be commonplace now, widespread deployment of this stuff as probably two years out, when 400GB will be pretty standard.

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But won't a HD search engine cache data and text? To some people, something like that might seem
like a security risk, if you don't want multiple copies of your data floating around on your
computer. Or if you want to delete something and the HD search engine still retains a copy of it.

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