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I have a bunch of LyX docs in a folder.

I want to search within the document for few terms so that I can select the documents of my interest. E.g. I have the CV's of 20 persons in LyX format. I have to search which of these CV's mention xml.

The Windows utility does not allow search within the LyX file. What are my options? I do not want to generate pdf and do so.

Also is there any LaTeX package, which generates tags from document content?

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    Your second question is so completely different that I think you should write a new question about that. – Torbjørn T. Jan 7 '14 at 8:45
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    Use grep. A .lyx file is just a text file. I don't know what the best way to do that on Windows is. – scottkosty Jan 7 '14 at 10:50
  • Or if you want a Windows-hackishy solution (it pains me to suggest this), rename your .lyx files to .txt and then use the Windows search within file option. – scottkosty Jan 7 '14 at 10:51
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    IMHO this question does not fall in the scope of TSX. It is more a Windows and file searching option than a TeX question. – Schweinebacke Aug 10 '17 at 10:54
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Many files

Had you used Linux I would have said grep xml *.lyx, but as you are on Windows that is not available. There are several programs that offer similar functionality though including AstroGrep (via https://superuser.com/a/60174) and Grepwin (via Paolo Cereda in chat). A more drastic solution is Cygwin, which is a Linux-like environment for Windows. In the Cygwin terminal you can use grep as mentioned above.

There is a similar tool available in the Windows command line though, findstr (via https://superuser.com/a/198474). Open a command prompt, cd to the directory containing the .lyx files, and execute

findstr /s /m xml *.lyx

You can save the output to a text file with > out.txt, i.e.

findstr /s /m xml *.lyx > out.txt

For a small number of files

You could open all of the files at the same time in LyX and use LyX's advanced search function:

Edit --> Find & replace (Advanced). Go to the Settings tab in the search panel and select Open files.

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  • There are more than 500 files. Is opening all the files feasible? – Vaibhav Jan 7 '14 at 9:32
  • @user34083 Probably not, I updated my answer a little. – Torbjørn T. Jan 7 '14 at 17:22
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Under Windows, one can use FART - Find And Replace Text. FART provides a minimalistic interface to the well-known grep. The command line option would look like

fart --count --ignore-case *.lyx XML

This would only display the filenames (--count) and perform a case-insensitive search (--ignore-case) of the phrase XML inside *.lyx. As output you'll see a count of the number of occurrences of XML in each file, with only matched files being displayed.

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