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Synchronize Dirs: Custom file list report (ASCII file)

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Synchronize Dirs: Custom file list report (ASCII file) Reply with quote

It would be nice to save the content of the file/folder list to an ASCII file with the following options:

    - Output should be a pure ASCII file (like txt, csv, html). The compare operators should be ASCII (->, <-, =, !=) instead of a image
    - Output: Choose whether to export whole list or only marked lines
    - Customized export columns: Choose which colums should be exported (Name, Size, Date)
    - Customized delimiter: Choose delimiter dependent on export file format (semicolon, tab, space, etc.). Some file formats are restricted to only one delimiter such as csv (only semicolon)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know that you simply can mark the lines of your interest and use <Ctrl+C> to create a <Tab> separated clipboard list which can be easily be pasted into Excel or an text editor?

BTW (CSV= origin: "Character Separated Values"):
- First: there is no real standardization for this format.
- Semicolon as separator is only usually in program environments where the decimal separator is a comma (like on German systems).
- On English systems a comma is mostly used instead (which gives the reason for another interpretation for CSV: "Comma Separated Values").

Correct notation would be DSV = "Delimeter Separated Values"
And <Tab> is explicitly one of the most supported language independent separators.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HolgerK wrote:
You know that you simply can mark the lines of your interest and use <Ctrl+C> to create a <Tab> separated clipboard list which can be easily be pasted into Excel or an text editor?

Have been using TC for over a decade but didn't know about this. No wonder, because there's no documentation about it, and it's very well hidden. It would be much better if there was an entry in the context menu, so users can find this feature more easily.

EDIT: Typo

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FullTCHistory wrote:
09.02.07 Release Total Commander 7.0 private beta 3.6
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02.02.07 Added: Ctrl+C in Synchronize dirs copies TAB-delimited list of selected file names and file details to clipboard

Okay, this is more than a decade ago Wink
and now no longer included in the current History.txt file.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, history.txt is good when it comes to little details that only some users are interested in, e.g. during beta test or to check in detail what's changed. But it's hardly a suitable documentation consulted by many people.

Sure, it's not easy to work it into the help file, but I imagine a section "Little hidden features" or "Things that don't fit anywhere else" (or something like that) where features like this one could be listed and described in one or two sentences. After all, there are a lot of these little things that only a fraction of TC users know about.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the hint.

I didn't realize that there was such a simple solution. For my needs that would be OK.
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