last updated: 04Dec2006a
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Additional significant differences of CSSDIR over standard DIR:
- sorting IS NOT just Limited to a subdirectory, you can combine multiple requests/drives!
This feature alone, will tell you a whole lot about your system plus CSSDIR is FAST!
- can sort MILLIONS of entries (across dirs/drives) in a single invocation,
(standard DIR on some platforms breaks at sorting with as little as 1,300 entries in a single directory!!)
- has power wildcard(s) option to be appended to all or some directory requests in a single invocation
(Great for software developers, and searching for text string(s) over multiple projects!)
- can give warning or list ONLY files that are 2 gigabytes or bigger in size
(such file sizes CANNOT be stored on some fileSystems and some 3rd party utilities may have issues with their sizes)
- can read dirSpecs from a file, (great for specific files you are continually watching)
- can produce subDirectories only total summaries
- can read exclude files/dirs from a file
- depths of subdirectories inclusions CAN vary amongst requests in a single invocation!
- can show the SECONDS portion of the time field (developers can appreciate this)
- separate reports can be generated to different files in a single invocation
- automatically aligns key total fields when you change field Layouts
- allows user to skip or manually adjust total field alignments
- allows user to set their own defaults through an environment Var or a configuration file
- can show drive: type, size, and minimun file allocation size
- output can be very friendly to parsing with REXX, or other scripting languages, etc.
- can sort on the number of search string text matches in a generated listing
- can sort by relative directories over multiple drives!
- can indicate which entries are children of active hidden/system directory ancestors
- can append a trailing \ on directory entries
- can number all listed entries
- priority is adjustable in OS/2 and eComStation
- search by multiple date ranges that CAN vary amongst requests in a single invocation.
- stdout and stderr can be rerouted internally (besides standard OS redirection)
- has options to list key processing stage times: gather, CRC computation, total, etc.
- can run detached, (which can be handy with a one connection telnet session)
- can list only files that can't be read (because another process currently denies access)
- can list just the '.' entry, no way to do that with standard DIR, valuable for EA info and Snapshots!
- comes with over 50 documented usable examples
- many fields can be displayed in different views: more or less detail, with or without commas, etc
- has nearly 100 user controllable options, with reference style summary and detail help online
- detects illegal filenames, that have been seen in NTFS!
Standard DIR and other GUIs may hang or go in an infinite loop in such scenarios!
- has hintString field, a coded string giving useful concise info
With this field, you can see dir transitions and which dirRequest caused the entry to be listed
- user can save options settings for friendly recall and reuse
with access to environment variables when defining your own macros!
- has many convenient symbolics (macros) which allow users to quickly find:
duplicates, files that have changed for the current day, generate summary reports,
compute CRCs, find only hidden and system entries and more ...
- and don't forget CSSDIR PRO version also has a powerful Snapshot comparisons mode,
Key features of SnapShot comparison mode
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