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A common way to search for files on FTP sites is the substrings query. This means that you enter parts of the filename. These substrings have to be separated by spaces like mysql tar.

Another easy way to search files with a bit more precision is using the glob search. The * has a special meaning in this kind of search.

The most control gives you the regex search which is mainly used by advanced users. Filewatcher supports only "simple" regex search patterns.

File Order: "relevance"

The order type "relevance" shows files which are available on many ftp sites before those which have only a few download locations. This number of mirrors is displayed after each matching file name. In other words, files with many mirrors are listed first.

Examples For Different Query Types

Substrings Query

gimp

files which include the substring "gimp"

gimp i386

files which include the substrings "gimp" and "i386"

Glob Query

gimp*

files which begin with "gimp"

gimp*extras*

files which begin with "gimp" followed by "extras"

gimp*extras*rpm

same as above, but only rpm files

*fax*

filenames which include the substring "fax"

[jkx]pilot*

files which begin with "jpilot", "kpilot", or "xpilot"

Regex Query

^gimp

files which begin with "gimp"

^gimp.*extras

files which begin with "gimp" followed by "extras"

^gimp.*extras.*rpm$

same as above, but only rpm files

fax

filenames which include the substring "fax"

^auto(make|config)

files which begin with "automake" or "autoconfig"
 
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