Command line search and open

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jon_obvious
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Command line search and open

Post by jon_obvious » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:00 am

Hi

I can't figure out how to open a pdf once I search for it on the command line. Example:

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 -Command prompt-
R:\>es.exe z: *.pdf -highlight searched-file-name

Z:\searched-file-name-and-some-numbers.pdf
So now I want to open this .pdf file from the command line, how would I do that? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Edit: To explain what I'm going for here.
I'm highlighting a string in a different program, then using autohotkey to trim the string, search it in everything, and opening the result. This involves a lot of "sleep" timers and doesn't always work out perfectly. I'm trying to do this without opening and focusing everything to avoid the sleeps so I want to try the Everything command line. Perhaps there is an easier way to approach this?

jon_obvious
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Re: Command line search and open

Post by jon_obvious » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:12 am

I noticed that everything has an "open file, close everything" hotkey so I used that instead. Saves a the step of installing es.exe and if the file isn't there, everything stays open to show that the file wasn't there. Autohotkey script:

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F8::				;open number as pdf
Clipboard :=""			;empty clipboard
Send, ^c 			;copy
ClipWait
StringTrimLeft, Clipboard, Clipboard, 3 ;trim first three
Send, {F3}			;open Everything hotkey, defined in Everything options
WinWaitActive, Everything, , 1
Send, ^v z: *.pdf 		;paste, filter Z drive and .pdf files
Send {Enter}
Send ^+{Enter} 			;open file and close Everything hotkey, defined in Everything options as crtl-shift-enter
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therube
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Re: Command line search and open

Post by therube » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:26 pm

From a command line...

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ES.EXE   filename.ext   -export-txt  out.txt
SET /P   EVERYTHING_GO=<out.txt
CMD /C  "%EVERYTHING_GO%"

NotNull
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Re: Command line search and open

Post by NotNull » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:57 pm

Very quick-and-dirty alternative (I do not recommend this):

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es.exe -n 1  z: *.pdf  searched-file-name -csv | cmd /k

Better way (from the commandline):

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for /f "usebackq delims=" %x in (`es -n 1 z: *.pdf  searched-file-name`) Do "%x"
Same command, but now in a script:

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for /f "usebackq delims=" %%x in (`es -n 1 z: *.pdf  searched-file-name`) Do "%%x"


But I think @jon_obvious already found a very nice solution himself.

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