MUNGE.exe (NT4 Resource Kit)

Find and Replace text within file(s)

Munge.exe has been dropped from the Resource Kit in Windows 2000 and above.

Syntax MUNGE ScriptFile [options] FilesToMunge... Key ScriptFile : A text file containing the strings to Find & Replace FilesToMunge : One or more files to be changed (may use wildcards) Editing options -q : Query only - don't actually make changes. -e : Query only - display entire line for each match -o : Query only - just display filename once on first match -k : Case - Case sensitive scriptFile -r : Recurse into subfolders -m : Collapse multiple carriage returns into one -@ : Remove null characters -n : Neuter - Surround all strings with TEXT() -L : Literals - Dont process any quoted text (excludes comments) -l : Literals - Dont process any quoted text (includes comments too) Display options -i : Just output summary of files changed at end -c : If no munge of file, then check for cleanlyness -v : Verbose - show files being scanned Destination options -t : Don't create .bak files -a : Use ATTRIB -r command for files that are readonly -s : Use OUT command command for files that are readonly (OUT is not a standard documented NT command!) -f : Use -z flag for SLM OUT command -u undoFileName : Generate an undo MUNGE script file for the changes made -z : Truncate file after a Ctrl-Z character Each line in the ScriptFile should take one of the following 3 forms: oldName newName "oldString" "newString" -F .Ext Name. Name.Ext In the script file -F may be used to restrict the files processed by MUNGE when FilesToMunge is a wildcard. -F [Name].[Ext]

Munge will only search for a complete string delimited with spaces - it won't match part of a string.

Munge does not support long file names.

Munge does not work reliably for files greater than 2 Mb.

Munge will not read unicode text.

When FilesToMunge (on the command line) is a specific file then this filename will override any -F setting.

When MUNGE is used with a wildcard to modify multiple files then you must specify -F in the scriptfile.

MUNGE will create a backup file called .BAK, for this reason do not process files that have a .BAK extension unless you specify -t (dont create backup)


MUNGE myChanges.ini FileToMunge.txt

Where myChanges.ini contains the following

:::::::::::: -F FileToMunge.txt "Driver32=C:\WINNT\System32\odbc16.dll" "Driver32=C:\WINNT\System32\odbc32.dll" "Driver32=C:\WINNT\System32\jct16.dll" "Driver32=C:\WINNT\System32\jct32.dll" ::::::::::::

Notice that the whole string has to be spelled out even though only a small part is being changed. Watch out for trailing spaces.

In the onscreen feedback a TOKEN means your script may replace one word with another, while a LITERAL STRING means your script will replace one "Quoted String" with "Another Quoted string"

Munge script files can contain multiple string replacements - these will be applied in one pass only.

In other words if you replace A with B and also replace B with C. Then A will not be changed into C (unless you run the MUNGE command twice.

"I understand that change is frightening for people, especially if there's nothing to go to. It's best to stay where you are. I understand that." - Princess Diana


FOR - Conditionally perform a command several times.

FIND - Search for a text string in a file

FINDSTR - Search for strings in files

QGREP - Search file(s) for lines that match a given pattern

Equivalent bash command (Linux): gawk - Find and Replace text within file(s)