CLI workaround for Windows XP : Using GREP (QGREP)
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October 21, 2006 | COMMENTS

In our list of "CLI workaround for Windows XP", a missing command is GREP. Now, you can have a GREP-Like command with the DOS command QGREP. Get the [Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit tools][1] on

# display help


usage: qgrep [-?BELOXlnzvxy][-e string][-f file][-i file][strings][files] -? - print this message
-B - match pattern if at beginning of line
-E - match pattern if at end of line
-L - treat search strings literally (fgrep)
-O - print seek offset before each matching line
-X - treat search strings as regular expressions (grep)
-l - print only file name if file contains match
-n - print line number before each matching line
-z - print matching lines in MSC error message format
-v - print only lines not containing a match
-x - print lines that match exactly (-BE)
-y - treat upper and lower case as equivalent
-e - treat next argument literally as a search string
-f - read search strings from file named by next argument (- = stdin)
-i - read file list from file named by next argument (- = stdin)
White space separates search strings unless the argument is prefixed with -e, e.g., ‘qgrep "all out" x.y’ means find either "all" or "out" in x.y, while ‘qgrep -e "all out" x.y’ means find "all out".

# Example for UNIX-Like regexp search


System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows XP

  • 30 MB of free disk space
  • Windows XP
  • Windows XP SP1
  • Windows Server 2003 family