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Date:   Mon, 15 Jun 1998 11:43:26 -0600
Reply-To:   Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Sender:   "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:   Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Subject:   Re: Program Tools
Comments:   To: lex.jansen@LEX-JANSEN.DEMON.NL
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Lex Jansen <lex.jansen@LEX-JANSEN.DEMON.NL> wrote:

> I come from a VAX/VMS environment. There you have nice tools to compare > files, search & replace strings in multiple files at once, etc. > Now I am switching to Windows NT. Does anyone know of nice tools that > you can use in this environment.

The NT command COMP compares two files.

You can use FINDSTR to find a string in several files. You can search for text or for regular expressions.

I don't know a built-in way to replace strings in multiple files. You could use EDLIN in a .BAT file, but it's yucky. Or you could do it with Perl or REXX if either is installed on your machine (I think they come on the Resource Toolkit CD-ROM).

> I already found a very nice program editor: PFE > (

Yes, it's a good editor, especially since it's free.

You might also want to look at KEDIT from Mansfield Software ( It's similar to XEDIT under VM/CMS and the ISPF editor under MVS (the interactive SAS program editor is a copy of XEDIT with many of the useful features removed). I think it includes a macro to change a string in all open files.

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