findfiles - Utility to locate files containing specific content
Very often when you are programming in any programming or scripting
language, you want to find out how a particular function works or
whether a particular property is settable, or any of a number of other
questions. In many cases, you can find the answers to your questions by
looking at the source code of the application or tool you’re using.
This is sometimes referred to as "code shopping," particularly when
what you really hope to find is a method that does exactly what you
want to do. The PythonCard findfiles tool is designed to support you
in these efforts.
Type in a string for which to search, tell findfiles the directories
(yes, you can have more than one) in which to search for files
containing that string, and send findfiles off to locate files with
that specific content. Scroll through the list of files, each with a
line reproducing part of the located line for each occurrence in the
file, find the one you think is what you are looking for, and double-
click the line. Voila! The PythonCard codeEditor tool opens and scrolls
instantly to the line you’ve selected.
-p Show property editor
-m Show message watcher
-l Enable logging
-s Show shell
-m Show namespace
-d Show debug menu
The findfiles utility uses classic Unix grep (regular expression)
The grep utility uses a technique called regular expression matching to
locate information. In regular expressions, some characters have a
special meaning. If you want to search for any of these special
characters in the strings you supply in findfiles, you’ll have to
escape them by preceding them with a backward slash (\) character.
While there are many such characters in regular expressions, the ones
with which you will need to be most careful are: question mark (?),
asterisk (*), addition/concatenation operator (+), pipe or vertical bar
(|), caret (^) and dollar sign ($). To search for a dollar sign in the
target directories, for example, put "\$" into the search field.
(Putting in a $ by itself will crash findfiles fairly reliably.)
On a Debian system, you can see the manpages for grep(1) or regex(7)
for more information on grep and regular expressions.
The findfiles utility also provides additional functionality that is
not discussed in this manpage, because it is somewhat difficult to
completely describe usage of a GUI program in a text-based manpage.
For more detailed usage instructions or for more information on the
PythonCard GUI framework in general, you should install the pythoncard-
doc package and take a look at the various walk-throughs, tutorials and
samples included with it.
Once the pythoncard-doc package is installed, the documentation is
installed to /usr/share/doc/pythoncard-doc, and is also available via
Debian’s doc-base infrastructure - find it in the Devel section using
dwww(1), doc-central(1) or dhelp(1).
If you would rather not install the pythoncard-doc package, you can
find essentially the same information on the PythonCard website:
Although it is considered to be stable, this is still development-level
Please report bugs in this or any PythonCard component to the Debian
Bug Tracking system using reportbug(1).
This manpage was written by Kenneth J. Pronovici <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
for use by the Debian project. Content was based on previously-
existing PythonCard documentation in other forms.