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    Search CAB files

    Anyone know of a free utility that will search CAB files (& CAB files within CAB files)? I have PowerDesk, which will show the contents when I click on the CAB file, but won't search e.g. a CD for a file contained in a CAB file.
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    Re: Search CAB files

    Well, I haven't found a free utility, but I found a way to search CAB files in Win 98.

    1. You can use Find/Files & Folders. Search for *.cab & put the name of the file in the "Containing Text" box.
    2. There is a batch file that someone developed & that searches & extracts a file from the Win 98 CD (you can modify the path) to a folder called WinFiles on your desktop. It's quite fast & if you run it a second time, it stops at the file & asks you to for permission to overwrite it. At that point you can see the exact path, including the cab. Anyone interested can find it here.

    Edited to add: I just realized that if you have Wilbur installed (which is mentioned elsewhere in this forum), you can index all your CAB files & search them for filenames. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Search CAB files

    Hi Phil

    I located this reference to Power Search 1.0. I don't know if it satisfies the "cab within a cab" requirement, but might be worth a look. And it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.

    Alan

    Edited - And I forgot the one I use myself <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> for searching ZIP archives. I see it also works for CABs. It will search a folder tree and recurse embedded archives, as well as search for filenames, text and regular expressions. Fast too! The last <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware version I know of is here. Recommended!

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    Re: Search CAB files

    Thanks, Alan. I saw ZipScan, but only saw the paid version. However, I should <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> more than you. As I said in my response to myself, I have at least 3 ways to search CAB files. And despite the fact Wilbur searches extremely fast (although I need to refresh the index periodically), the batch file that I found is super, & probably the fastest. You should try it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Search CAB files

    Hi Phil,

    I connected to tell you that I finally found ZipScan among the zillion apps in my PC, but Alan already mentioned it. As a result, I'm DLing Wilbur <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. Never heard of it before but having it won't hurt.
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    Re: Search CAB files

    Isn't it amazing the habits we Lounge Rats have? I can't begin to remember the number of us who have admitted to downloading everything (or most everything) that we can get our clickers on, and so many of those "killer apps" lie forever in a download folder, untried and waiting for our attention. I think we're all alike in that regard!

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    Re: Search CAB files

    > I think we're all alike in that regard!

    I am the opposite. I avoid applications wherever possible. If I can do a job, however badly, then I avoid finding, downloading or installing new tools. My experience is that the more I install the more unstable windows becomes, so I just don't install software unless I really need it.

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    Re: Search CAB files

    Big Al!! I am right there with you in regard to DLing anything that looks interesting rather then let it slip away. I usually prepare a "readme" to keep in the same folder as the app that I DLed just to remind myself what it will do for me!! There are a lot of them, of course, that I haven't tried out to date, but, by golly, I have 'em if I need 'em!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Search CAB files

    Much more efficient to do it in one hit from here

    Alan

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    Re: Search CAB files

    Gosh, I would never admit to something like that. <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15> I still have a download folder from Win 95. <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20> This stuff is so old, I'd be afraid to use it. Of course, I have dozens of "utilities" that I've installed, but don't use. Boy, but just mention something I don't have and...off I go. <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15> I'm beginning to think there should be no freeware. <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Search CAB files

    I'll second that. Every once in a while I find something truly useful and hang on to it, but for the most part, I avoid downloading miscellaneous utilities and software.
    -Mark

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    Re: Search CAB files

    I always try downloaded software out, at least once before uninstalling (and eventually deleting the installer). Instead of the Readme, I rename the EXE or the ZIP to add a description enclosed in brackets "[ ]". Finally, I'll organize installers in one Apps folder with many subfolders. The criterion isn't completely clear though: some subfolders contain "software of a kind"; others, "software from the same company". The Misc subfolder is a must, of course.
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    Re: Search CAB files

    In one way it's a pain, but in another way it's a good thing when I get upgraded at work. It makes me sit back and ask; now which of all these little utilities do I -REALLY- need? The usual answer is; very few.
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