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Windows version of IBM's "ICETOOL"?

Hi All... does anyone know if there exists a Windows compatible version (...or reasonable facsimile) of IBM's "ICETOOL", as discussed here:

http://www.tutorialspoint.com/jcl/jcl_utility_programs.htm

Thanks
    Shawn
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aikimarkCommented:
@Shawn

Is Delphi the correct zone for this question?  If so, please describe the relationship between a Windows ICETOOL utility (if any exists) and Delphi.

What do you need this utility to do?

Have you looked at Powershell?
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shawn857Author Commented:
Well, I'm looking for something that is callable from my Delphi app that has the capabilities of ICETOOL... namely:

"SPLICE is a powerful operation of ICETOOL which is similar to SORT JOIN, but with additional features. It can compare two or more files on specified field(s) and create one or more output files like file with matching records, file with non-matching records, etc."

Thanks
    Shawn
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aikimarkCommented:
Powershell has a compare-object command.  You could compare two files with a statement that resembles the following:
Compare-Object $(Get-Content c:\scripts\x.txt) $(Get-Content c:\scripts\y.txt)

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Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee156812.aspx

You could launch a batch process from your Delphi application if your login had permission to run Powershell scripts.
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Also, look at DLSuperC.
Also, look at the COMPARE command.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Aikimark. Can I run Powershell "seamlessly" (ie. no clunky DOS window generated) from a Delpi app. DLSuperC looks interesting... can this (and Powershell) handle files of unlimited size?

The COMPARE command... is that a Powershell command?

Thanks
    Shawn
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aikimarkCommented:
Compare is a DOS/Windows command.

You should be able to run any external program or batch file from your Delphi application.  Try the ShellExecute function.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks aikimark... do you know if PowerShell also has sorting functionality and can operate on unlimited size files?

Thanks
   Shawn
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aikimarkCommented:
It does have a sort verb.  I don't know what file size restrictions exist.  Most of the default process is done in memory.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Aikimark, using ShellExecute, can I run a Poweshell task completely "invisibly" from my app - or will there be a clumsy telltale DOS window that appears to the user?

Thanks
    Shawn
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aikimarkCommented:
try it and see.  If you can't hide the window, instantiate a wscript.shell object and use its .RUN method, which has a parameter that allows you to hide the command window.
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Geert GruwezOracle dbaCommented:
why not just program the comparison and the output you want ?
it might be easy ... or not ... :)
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shawn857Author Commented:
Yes I know Geert, but I'd just rather not have to re-invent the wheel if such a tool for Delphi already existed...

Thanks
   Shawn
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mlmccCommented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 500 points for aikimark's comment #a40521011

for the following reason:

This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
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shawn226Commented:
I'll accept aikimark's response from 2014-12-20 at 19:37:52ID: 40511309 as an answer, okay? Sorry to have left this hanging.

Regards
   Shawn
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