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We're looking for a Windows based tool to help us grep our apache & JBoss logs.

We have access to the unix boxes & are generally comfortable with the grep command, but because we don't use it often enough the knowledge takes a while to come back to hand.

Also, the structure of the team is changing from experienced contractors to graduate permies - We are having continued training sessions in unix & some of the basic commands, but the team is most definitely more comfortable in a windows GUI environment.

I've found this question over on stack overflow which has proved useful: What are good grep tool for Windows? [closed].

Big guns to come out of that question include Cygwin, grepWin & PowerGrep.

Has anybody got any other suggestions that I might be missing please?

Cheers,

Duncs

  • Just to clarify, Cygwin is not tool, but an emulator of Unix environment under Windows (quite heavy in terms of space), that brings Unix command line tools. – dzieciou Jan 15 '13 at 7:15
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Do you just want to grep for the fun of it, or do you have specific types of tasks you want to accomplish?

I end up using findstr.exe (built-in) for everything. Occassionally, I miss not having a better tool, but it works for me, and I bet I use it at least a dozen times a day.

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GNU Utils for Windows seems to be the answer.

It is not just grep. It's a full-featured set of command-line utilities, including:

C:\SYSTEM>ls |grep "grep\|sed"
agrep.exe
egrep.exe
fgrep.exe
grep.exe
sed.exe

The main advantage of having native tools is compatibility; at any moment, you are ready to migrate your scripts to a *nix platforms with low effort.

I'm having them in a special directory where the system PATH variable points to.

The only disadvantage is that the native grep does not support Microsoft's regular expressions syntax.

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I had once come across GrepWin which was enough for my requirement. You can have a look.

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I prefer Windows Grep. Besides searching it can do replacing and runs on most versions of windows like Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7. There are a number of options out there.

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I use the Search function of Directory Opus.

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We threw Fastvue Log Grep Utility together to grep W3C text logs while retaining log headers and structure.

Hope it helps!

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    Welcome to SQA, Scott. Why have you developed a new tool if there are other tools? What do you mean by "retaining log headers and structure"? Is in an advantage? How? – dzieciou Jan 15 '13 at 7:10
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I use BareGrep from baremetalsoft.com.

(I also use BareTail a lot)

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