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Searching for text inside TMDX files

Post by colonel_panic » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:15 pm

Hello
Is there a way to search for specific strings of text inside Textmaker files in my home directory?
I can save them as .rtf files, and do a search with grep, but it can't "see" into .tmdx files.

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Re: Searching for text inside TMDX files

Post by miguel-c » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:47 pm

TMDX and DOCX files are zip files, so if you find a way to search inside zip files in linux, that will work.
I found this site that may be a good starting point:
https://unix.stackexchange.com/question ... -zip-files

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Re: Searching for text inside TMDX files

Post by Michael Uplawski » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:48 am

Miguel got it entirely right.., then withdrew from the affair, leaving you in an awful mess to sort out on your own...

I feel with both of you.

So, as could be derived from the referenced discussion, you have to unzip the tmdx-file. Do this in a folder that you can remove afterwards, or directly in the /tmp directory of your system.

Unfortunately, though, the unzipped tmdx-file contains sub-directories and the text of your document is only found in the file word/document.xml. You should write a shell-script which takes this into account.

Not enough.

TextMaker compresses the document.xml (and other xml-files) in the way, that line-breaks are removed. To read and interpret XML, those are not necessary and would just bloat up the file (Side-note: In OTF, they would be mortal as TextMaker mis-interprets them). Ergo, you have to beautify the xml-code before you can search it. If you skip this step, every key-word searched for will result in the entire XML-structure being returned, as your document.xml is a one-liner !!!

Good luck.
I am sarcastic, if that escaped you.

My recommendation would be, to use, in fact, an xml-parser on document.xml. Explaining the use of such software is off-topic in this discussion, the result will satisfy the OP, however.
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Re: Searching for text inside TMDX files

Post by colonel_panic » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:16 am

Michael Uplawski wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:48 am
Good luck.
I am sarcastic, if that escaped you.
And not that knowledgeable about Linux, it would appear. Fortunately, miguel-c gave me a good starting point.
The answer is to use zgrep from zutils. It is not the same zgrep that comes by default in Debian, which is just a shell script and can't do recursive searches through files in a directory. I can search by typing this into a terminal:

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zgrep 'search term' -r /path/to/documents
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Re: Searching for text inside TMDX files

Post by Michael Uplawski » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:31 pm

colonel_panic wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:16 am
Michael Uplawski wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:48 am
Good luck.
I am sarcastic, if that escaped you.
And not that knowledgeable about Linux,
zgrep is not Linux, it is zgrep.
Hindsight is in the eye of the beholder.

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Re: Searching for text inside TMDX files

Post by miguel-c » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:46 pm

colonel_panic wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:16 am
Michael Uplawski wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:48 am
Good luck.
I am sarcastic, if that escaped you.
And not that knowledgeable about Linux, it would appear. Fortunately, miguel-c gave me a good starting point.
The answer is to use zgrep from zutils. It is not the same zgrep that comes by default in Debian, which is just a shell script and can't do recursive searches through files in a directory. I can search by typing this into a terminal:

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zgrep 'search term' -r --format=gz /path/to/documents
Very nice, thank you for sharing your solution!

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Re: Searching for text inside TMDX files

Post by colonel_panic » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:33 pm

I put a little typo into my example above. Please find it corrected below:

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zgrep 'search term' -r  /path/to/documents

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