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Search and Browse

Mar. 28, 2017

Use the Search and Browse screen to search for specific files in the application and OS DNA stored in the database and to browse the MSI tables of individual applications.

Search for application files

You can use the Search and Browse screen to find out which applications depend on a specific file, which applications redistribute it, and which OS image provides it. For example, suppose you have a patch that updates a file, and you want to know if it is going to affect any of your applications. You can enter the name of the file and search all the files in every application in your portfolio to see which ones might be affected by the patch.

  1. From the AppDNA menus, choose Tools > Search and Browse.
  2. In the Search and Browse screen, enter the name of a file in the Search Files text box.

    You can use the percent sign (%) as a wildcard character to represent zero or more characters.

  3. Click Submit.

Browse application MSI tables

The MSI tables store information about the changes the application installer will make – for example, which files will be installed and to what location, and which registry entries are created. AppDNA automatically creates MSI tables for all applications, regardless whether they are imported using an .msi file or not.

  • From the AppDNA menus, choose Tools > Search and Browse.
  • In the Search and Browse screen, click the application's name to browse through the application's MSI tables stored in the database.
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