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terrypin
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Searching within folders

Post by terrypin » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:52 am

My apologies if this is fully covered somewhere, but I still can't grasp how I search for strings within paths.

For example what do I enter to search for files that match 2013*.jpg within a path that contains the subfolder SDW-May2013 ? One hit would be
C:\Docs\My Pictures\PHOTOS\SDW-May2013\20130601-085828.JPG

Slightly harder, how would I find files that match 2013*.jpg within a path that contains the subfolder PHOTOS? One hit would be
C:\Docs\My Pictures\PHOTOS\Walks UK\2013\20130101-133234.JPG

Edit: A few minutes later I had a flash of inspiration (or more likely a recollection from asking something similar before!) and I think I'm almost there.

At first I thought it was simply a matter of treating the whole file path and filename as one long string and just using spaces to represent blanks. That assumption was reinforced because searches like c: 2013*.jpg delivered correctly, showing only results within C: (and no other drive). But I soon found that the only part of the path that worked in this easy way was the drive letter. Strings like SDW-May2013 or May2013 or *2013 didn't work.

It was only then that I remembered that Paths are treated in some special way. So I enabled Match Path and experimented again.

c: 2013*.jpg \SDW-May2013 now works OK.
But c: 2013*.jpg SDW-May2013 doesn't. Must a path always have the '\' prefix?
And c: 2013*.jpg \*May2013 doesn't work. Are wildcards not allowed in paths searches?

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void
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Re: Searching within folders

Post by void » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:01 am

Please make sure match path is disabled from the search menu, otherwise 2013*.jpg will not match anything.
Wildcards match the entire path and filename when you enable match path from the search menu.

2013*.jpg will never match C:\Docs\My Pictures\PHOTOS\SDW-May2013\20130601-085828.JPG
because C:\Docs\My Pictures\PHOTOS\SDW-May2013\20130601-085828.JPG does not start with 2013.

If you want to leave match path enabled, please search for:

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SDW-May2013 *\2013*.jpg
For example what do I enter to search for files that match 2013*.jpg within a path that contains the subfolder SDW-May2013 ? One hit would be
C:\Docs\My Pictures\PHOTOS\SDW-May2013\20130601-085828.JPG
With match path disabled from the search menu:

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\SDW-May2013 2013*.jpg
The \ prefix makes SDW-May2013 match the full path (The \ must also match in the path)

-or-

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SDW-May2013\ 2013*.jpg
The \ suffix makes SDW-May2013 match the full path (The \ must also match in the path)

-or-

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path:SDW-May2013 2013*.jpg
the path modifier specifies that SDW-May2013 can occur anywhere in the path.
Slightly harder, how would I find files that match 2013*.jpg within a path that contains the subfolder PHOTOS? One hit would be
C:\Docs\My Pictures\PHOTOS\Walks UK\2013\20130101-133234.JPG
With match path disabled from the search menu:

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\PHOTOS 2013*.jpg
-or-

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PHOTOS\ 2013*.jpg
-or-

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path:PHOTOS 2013*.jpg

terrypin
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Re: Searching within folders

Post by terrypin » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:49 am

Thanks! Such an impressively fast reply that I read it only after my edit, so now studying it.

I suspect there are just a couple of basic principles or rules that I need to grasp and then hopefully it will become intuitive.

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Re: Searching within folders

Post by void » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:58 am

The problem that gets a lot of people is wildcards match the whole filename.

I will probably change this in a future release.

terrypin
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Re: Searching within folders

Post by terrypin » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:24 pm

Have now studied your thorough reply and reckon I've finally grasped it! Bookmarked this thread for future reference.

To reinforce this, can you just confirm my assumptions here are correct please?

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Re: Searching within folders

Post by void » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:40 pm

1).

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landscape
is the same as

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*landscape*
2). prefixing landscape with a \ will mean that the file (or folder) must start with landscape.
It will also find subfolders and files in any folder starting with landscape. Because the \ prefix enables full path matching.

For example, the following would also match the search \landscape

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c:\landscape123\ABC.txt
3). \public will find files and folders that start with public.
It will also find subfolders and files in any folder starting with public.

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Re: Searching within folders

Post by terrypin » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:32 pm

Many thanks, understood.

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