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searching network computer files through the command line

by t26l / November 7, 2008 1:36 AM PST

Hello cnet people !

I'm using a small apache server on a local network for a wiki, and I integrate php functions mixed with windows system calls as well.
I'd like to be able to output to a .txt file a search result of *.something on all the available network machines.

I can do the search with the exploer 'Find' function, although its speed is ridiculously slow. However, I can't seem to be able to find an equivalent function in DOS. (DIR is only applicable on one's own machine)

Any ideas ?

Thank you

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Re: dir.
by Kees Bakker / November 7, 2008 3:31 AM PST

Dir works on any mapped drive (mapping means it gets a drive letter for Windows), not only on a local machine. Could you map all your drives?


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by t26l / November 7, 2008 6:59 AM PST
In reply to: Re: dir.

nope =(

is there a way to send the output of the 'find' to a text file ?

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Pipes, redirection?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2008 9:48 AM PST
In reply to: no

The output of the dos find command is redirected just like any other command.

Said script would have to map a drive, dir, find, grep, and so on, then un map the drive.

So it is all possible. But I find more and more people that don't want to write script.

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i love scripts
by t26l / November 7, 2008 7:14 PM PST
In reply to: Pipes, redirection?

but I really couldn't find a command to do it, and mapping>unmapping drives is very ugly a workaround.

It seems i've found a solution, by using the 'net view \\computername' command which gives me toplevel shared folders (I know the network computer names already) and then I can 'dir *.mp3 /S' on that folder

I hope this helps someone, I've been banging my head on the wall for a while.

I might post a complete script when I'm finished

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