[Corpora-List] Grep for Windows

D.W.Hardcastle D.W.Hardcastle at open.ac.uk
Fri Dec 15 19:43:01 CET 2006

It's not a grep tool as such, but you can write better scripted/command
line processing of text files with Windows PowerShell (a little like
scripting with .NET) than with DOS commands, although I doubt it stands
up to Perl or Python for performance.

There is some information on regex and PowerShell here, I'm not sure
what the coverage is like, being Microsoft perhaps they have reinvented
their own syntax!



David Hardcastle
Research Programmer, Natural Language Generation Group
Faculty of Mathematics and Computing, room 121, North Spur
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
+44 (0) 1908 659947

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-corpora at lists.uib.no [mailto:owner-corpora at lists.uib.no] On
Behalf Of Mark Davies
Sent: 15 December 2006 15:00
To: corpora at hd.uib.no
Subject: [Corpora-List] Grep for Windows

This next semester, I'd like to have the students in my Corpus
Linguistics class learn to use Grep tools for searching large corpora. I
know there's many great, fast Unix tools, but these students will be
using Windows machines. If possible, the program would have the
following features:

-- Fast, since they'll be working with fairly large corpora (100 million
words and more)
-- Obviously, full regular expressions capability
-- Not run under Cygwin or a similar program, but rather as a native
Windows app

I've already looked at PowerGrep, V-Grep, and TextPad, but none of these
are adequate. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Mark Davies

Mark Davies
Professor of (Corpus) Linguistics
Brigham Young University
(phone) 801-422-9168 / (fax) 801-422-0906
Web: davies-linguistics.byu.edu

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