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FindStr (Windows Command Line DOS Tool) - Failing to search a few MSG files

Hi All,

I am using FindStr (Windows Command Line / DOS) to search for a string in all files in a directory (and sub-directories).

It works fine for the most part, but it sometimes comes up saying that it cannot open some MSG files (moved from Outlook to a network drive).

It works fine for most MSG files - just a few that it 'cannot open'.

I have opened those files in Outlook, and they open no problem, so I am reasonably sure that its not that the files are corrupted or anything.

The string we're searching for probably isn't in an MSG file anyway, so I could just exclude that file extension, but I am curious why it might be failing, and if I do need to search such files, it would be good to know what the issue is.


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Hi Adam,

I think you are correct - it is the non-text 'stuff' that is causing the issue.

I think we might have a license for AgentRansack around here somewhere, so I'll test with that.