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Hi,

Does anyone here use ExifTool?

I'm trying to search hundreds of files for the keyword 'Description' and then output the name of a file that contains the keyword.

Executing "exiftool * | grep Description" gives me the line in the file but not the name of the file that contains the line.

Thank you
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by:Bill Prew
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Have you tried something like this:

exiftool * | findstr /i /c:"======" /c:"description"

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~bp
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Hi Bill,

Thanks for your response. I'm running this on UNIX, so I'm using grep instead of findstr. But the heart of the issue is that by default, the file name and Description are output on two separate lines like the two below.

File Name                       : [Name of file listed here]
Description                     : [a long string here]

ExifTool is very robust and I'm fairly certain there's a way to make ExifTool pass the file name along with the Description line but so far I have been unsuccessful.

Thanks again
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Okay, have you tried the -csv option?  It will write the output in a CSV file format with one line per file.  You can combine that with selecting the tag names you want such as:

exiftool -s -csv -filename -comment > output.csv

~bp
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Hi Bill,

Thank you for that recommendation. That would work. I received another recommendation at another site that gives me exactly what I need, though:

exiftool -p '$filename $description' -r -q -q . | awk '{print $1}'

I'll accept both as solutions.

Thanks again.
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Great, glad you got to a working solution.

~bp
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This solution came from a recommendation at another site.
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