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*** CSSDIR ***

NEW CSSDIR 5.01 highlights for OS/2 and eComStation!!

CSSDIR GUI Nov 2006 GA announced for OS/2 and eComStation.

CSSDIR is a much MORE POWERFUL, SUPER Charged DIR, and much more!

CSSDIR is a complete replacement and upgrade for the standard DIR command that is included with OS/2, eComStation(eCS), and Windows environments.

The standard DIR command has changed very little since the late 1980's, when most work was being done with single sided floppies (still have some 720k floppies in the closet?). However, today we typically deal with multi-gigabyte storage systems with 10's or 100's of thousands of files. The standard DIR of OS/2, eComStation, and Windows is not capable of adequately managing todays complex storage structures. CSSDIR is your power tool for cutting through the file directory maze.

CSSDIR works from the standard Windows (NT, 2000, XP), OS/2 or eComStation command prompt (cmd.exe) window or full screen. (The OS2-eCS version also now has a GUI!) A HUGE advantage of CSSDIR working from a standard command prompt is that it may be able to run when much of a system is messed up, perhaps directly from a broken booted system, a local CD boot, or a maintainence partition. Additional info on the lean system requirements of CSSDIR

CSSDIR has many more sort and filter features than the standard DIR. These features allow you to find files that would be difficult or impossible to find with the standard DIR. With the PRO version, a snapshot comparison mode is also available which can detect all files that have changed since the last time CSSDIR produced a snapshot.

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CSSDIR's powerful Features include:

  • Finding hidden and/or system files and directories is the default. No wasted time
    doing multiple searches. The standard DIR commands can make it very time consuming and annoying, maybe even impossible to find combinations of such files in hidden and/or system directories!

  • Can selectively exclude files and/or entire directories
    suffixes - .zip .rar .dll, etc ...
    files - d:\system\swapper.dat, c:\pagefile.sys, etc ...
    dirs - c:\Mozilla\cache, c:\temp, c:\tmp, etc ...

  • Can selectively find/search/list specific files within certain ranges
    SIZES - > 10MB, >1MB, <5MB
    EA SIZES - OS/2 and eComStation version can also limit files by EA (extend attributes) size range
    DATES - Limit files by lastWritten timeStamp field. Find files that changed in the past week, this month and more, easily. Provides handy shortcuts in finding files that changed in last N days. Can find files that have invalid lastWritten timeStamps, YES they do exist!

  • Windows users can NOW see file attributes together with other RELEVANT info
    WITHOUT resorting to attrib or a GUI, and up to 8 additional attributes that attrib does NOT show you, as well as search for them specifically. Attributes like encrypted, compressed, temporary, etc.

  • User controls how much or how little directory file info is displayed and its order.
    Should fileSize precede fileTime and include fileAttributes followed by its Full FileName?
    DIR only lets you get it in one predefined ONE SIZE FITS ALL order or a bare fileName or full filespec, but with CSSDIR YOU DECIDE which fields should be displayed and in what order!

  • Supports and significantly extends common DIR options /o /s /a /f /b
    /o can order (sort) beyond the current directory and MUCH MUCH more
    /s can limit the depth of subdirectories to traverse, as well as go beyond hidden/system dirs
    /a can filter to include files that have one OR more of the specified attributes,

  • Can Limit files by user specified search string(s) matches
    The search string(s) can be case sensitive or insensitive. You can even order the matching files by the number of occurrences of string matches!

  • Can produce snapshots for system baselines
    SnapShots can be used to determine exactly what files have changed. Pro license holders can also compare them as well, to detect ALL file changes that have occurred between snapshots or create a list of files that can be routed to archive utilities such as zip or rar! CSSDIR can detect files that have shrunk or grown by X amount of bytes or a certain percentage!
    Key features of SnapShot comparison mode

  • Find duplicate files or unique files
    Over multiple drives or network shares including finding duplicates under different fileNames, They can be listed with other relevant file related directory information, and duplicates can ordered by descending or ascending size.

  • Save options settings for friendly recall and reuse via SYMBOLICS (macros)!
    i.e. cssdir /$dups$/ \ /s "will find duplicate files on current drive"
    Many valuable SYMBOLICS have been added for easy invocation to find duplicates, unique files, compute CRCs, message digests (i.e. MD5, SHA1, SHA256) and find all local drives ...

  • Streamlined DIR headings and totals fields with more info!
    Also cleaned up verbose DIR's '.' and '..' (sometimes buggy) directory entries. These "dot" entries being listed in standard DIR also can produce a nearly worthless ending total on the number of files when subdirectories are involved, CSSDIR fixes that!

  • Compute CRCs (and message digests on eComstation/OS/2)
    on a file's data integrated with other important file information.
    Can also list a file but skip doing CRC's on specified files (i.e. .zip .rar, etc)
    OS/2 and eComStation PRO version can also compute CRC's and message digests on a files EAs

  • On eComstation Big file support is now available (starting with v5.01),
    files 2 gigabytes or larger are supported when computing CRCs
    and messages digests (MD5, SHA1, SHA256)!

  • Produce multiple sorted listings in a single invocation and pass (time saver)!
    These listings can include files from multiple drives and UNC names. One can also cross reference such multiple listings. On long and huge running tasks, PRO version users can also monitor the progress with an included utility even from another machine over a LAN. Also multiple listings in a single invocation have the advantage of consistent data sets which may not be possible on live system(s) if you used other tools to collect the data with multiple invocations!

  • All options (that make sense) can be combined for powerful filtering!
    Filter by: Date range(s), size range, EAsize range, String match(es), wildcard(s), and attribute(s). Without CSSDIR, to filter files as such may require a half a dozen other tools and additional EXPERT programming and in almost all cases would require much more system resources and be much slower to produce similiar reports, especially if you are sifting 100's of thousands if not millions of entries!

  • CSSDIR is NOT bloatware and is NOT a toy, its value-packed software!
    Tested on over 2.5 million entries sorted three different ways in a single invocation!
    Sorting can be by multiple fields, i.e. extension, then name, then date/time, etc, etc.

  • No SYSTEM Administrator or Professional software developer should be without CSSDIR!
    Also recommended for POWER users, and users that want to detect and track all files that change.

  • More CSSDIR versus standard DIR comparisons
  • OS/2/eComStation CSSDIR version versus Windows CSSDIR version

CSSDIR examples for cmd line usage.
current CSSDIR announcement and Release HighLights
CSSDIR GUI 4.x GA announcement and Release HighLights
CSSDIR 3.x cmd line Release (including windows) HighLights
current OS2-eCS Release detail Notes
current windows Release detail Notes
OS2-eCS users can download limited trial cmd line ver 3.25 (with screen snapshots of new CSSDIR GUI) from hobbes
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