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Swiss File Knife

One hundred command line tools in a small and portable binary.

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Replace text in files, search in files using expressions, stream text editor, instant command line ftp and http server, send folder via network, copy folder excluding sub folders and files, find duplicate files, run a command on all files of a folder, split and join large files, make md5 checksum lists of files, remove tab characters, convert CR/LF, list newest or biggest files of a folder, compare folders, treesize, show first or last lines of a file, find filenames fast using index files, rename many files using expressions, copy part of a file, change times of a file, delete files in selected sub folders, set file time from filename, print colored text to terminal, convert csv to tab separated, download files from web, send http or udp requests, print tcp or udp traffic, create hexdump of files, join many text files into one, list nested .zip .tar .tar.gz .tar.bz2 archive contents. Fully portable, for USB stick, without installation. For Windows, Linux and Mac OS/X.

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  • replace words in text and binary files
  • search in files using expressions (xfind, like grep)
  • stream text editor (xed, like sed)
  • instant command line ftp and http server for windows and linux
  • send folder via network between windows and linux
  • copy folder excluding sub folders and files
  • dupfind, find duplicate files by content
  • run a command on all files of a folder
  • split and join large files
  • make md5 checksum lists of files
  • detab, remove tab characters
  • remove CRLF, convert between unix and windows line endings
  • list biggest, largest files of a directory tree
  • list newest, latest files of a directory tree
  • compare folders, list changed and added files
  • treesize, show sub folder sizes
  • head, show first lines of a file
  • tail, show last lines of a file
  • find filenames fast using index files
  • rename many files using expressions
  • copy part of a file
  • remove blanks in filenames
  • touch, change times of a file
  • delete files in selected sub folders
  • fixfile, fix bad filenames (windows only)
  • set file time from filename
  • print colored text to terminal
  • convert csv to tab separated
  • wget, download files from web
  • ping many computers in one command
  • get or set clipboard text in batch (windows only)
  • create hexdump of binary files
  • xmlform, reformat xml output
  • send http or udp requests
  • send text via udp from batch
  • print tcp, http or udp traffic
  • create random test data
  • list nested .zip .tar .tar.gz .tar.bz2 archive contents
  • multi platform scripting
  • base64 encode and decode
  • hex encode and decode


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    Not recommended for advanced users. The server only works with the command line specific client because the command list is not standard, therefore other FTP clients will not work regarding server-side commands (eq: you cannot transfer multiple directories or a directory structure using a visual FTP client because the MKD command is not recognized!). Another bad thing is that you cannot set a range for server-side ports, the creation of them starts at 1024 (you cannot set a range like 40000-40200 if you need because of router settings (in fact, the FTP server assume that your computer is directly connected to internet and your firewall trust 100% this application). More of that, the FTP active mode is not working as the standard presume. All this make the application a bunch of nice ftp utilities, but a very primitive ftp server.

    Posted 08/26/2012
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