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Searching binary files

The Fluid Dynamics Search Engine is designed to find keywords within text files. Binary files do not contain searchable text, and so special techniques must be used to search them. There are many techniques available, but essentially they all involve the creation of a text HTML file that corresponds to the binary. FDSE extracts keywords from this text HTML file, but points the user to the binary in the search results.

Techniques for binary searching

Recommended solutions

Maintaining an HTML page for each binary has these advantages:

See also Displaying file-type icons in search results.


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