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Date:         Fri, 28 Jul 2006 13:05:38 -0500
Reply-To:     "Oliver, Richard" <roliver@SPSS.COM>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Oliver, Richard" <roliver@SPSS.COM>
Subject:      Re: using winxp "search" for words in .SPS files
Comments: To: jaredp <>
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Windows has a command line utility called findstr, which will find strings in .sps files. I don't know why the Search UI in XP fails to find text within .sps files. AFAIK, they are simple text files.

-----Original Message----- From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of jaredp Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 12:48 PM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: using winxp "search" for words in .SPS files

Prepare to be excited!

Unix and Linux systems have a command called GREP which allows to search for a string of text within files.

You are in luck because you can download a piece of software for the Windows operating system which will do the same thing. Get it here

This software is free as in price and free as in freedom (it is provided for anyone to use under an open source license).


On 7/28/06, Zdaniuk, Bozena <> wrote: > > I was never successful in searching for any text string in spss syntax > files and will be very excited to see a solution to it! > Bozena > > Bozena Zdaniuk, Ph.D. > > University of Pittsburgh > > UCSUR, 6th Fl. > > 121 University Place > > Pittsburgh, PA 15260 > > Ph.: 412-624-5736 > > Fax: 412-624-4810 > > email: > > -----Original Message----- > From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf > Of Art Kendall > Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 12:53 PM > To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: using winxp "search" for words in .SPS files > > I tried using the <start> <search> <all files and folders> I entered > *.sps in the edit box and browse to a folder. > this works to find all .sps files in a folder. > However, when I enter a string like "aggregate" in the word or phrase > edit box, it does does not find the files with that command. > does anyone else experience this? Has anyone come up with a workaround? > > I am running Win XP with a patches up to date. > > Art

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