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Sorry for abandoning the project for so long but I was busy with life.


Finally decided to drop D as a programming language (cmon guys it's dead) and moved to dotnet7


I need people skilled in making a good UI, Avalonia, WinForms... I am not a UI gal.



Install dotnet SDK 7.0

Using the terminal

Windows / Chocolatey

choco install dotnet-7.0-sdk


brew install dotnet@7

How to run directly from source code

dotnet run --configuration Release --project CLI "search string"

Create portable folder

dotnet publish Drill.sln --maxCpuCount --configuration Release --self-contained --output DrillPortable


  • Thread safety
  • Sign executables
  • Configs/arguments for search
  • Set root folder / mountpoints
  • Clean docs
  • automatically generate docs
  • Windows Installer?
  • ncurses?
  • Flatpak
  • Threadpool or something similar
  • Snap
  • UI for Windows
  • exe icon
  • UI For Mac
  • .app
  • .dmg
  • UI for Linux
  • .AppImage
  • Regex lists
  • Docker
  • Shadow CI
  • Telegram Bot for new releases?
  • Release executables automatically
  • Pull request checker
  • Heuristics

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What is this

I was stressed on Linux because I couldn't find the files I needed, file searchers based on system indexing (updatedb) are prone to breaking and hard to configure for the average user, so did an all nighter and started this.

Drill is a modern file searcher for Linux that tries to fix the old problem of slow searching and indexing. Nowadays even some SSDs are used for storage and every PC has nearly a minimum of 8GB of RAM and quad-core; knowing this it's time to design a future-proof file searcher that doesn't care about weak systems and uses the full multithreaded power in a clever way to find your files in the fastest possible way.

  • Heuristics: The first change was the algorithm, a lot of file searchers use depth-first algorithms, this is a very stupid choice and everyone that implemented it is a moron, why? You see, normal humans don't create nested folders too much and you will probably get lost inside "black hole folders" or artificial archives (created by software); a breadth-first algorithm that scans your hard disks by depth has a higher chance to find the files you need. Second change is excluding some obvious folders while crawling like Windows and node_modules, the average user doesn't care about .dlls and all the system files, and generally even devs too don't care, and if you need to find a system file you already know what you are doing and you should not use a UI tool.

  • Clever multithreading: The second change is clever multithreading, I've never seen a file searcher that starts a thread per disk and it's 2019. The limitation for file searchers is 99% of the time just the disk speed, not the CPU or RAM, then why everyone just scans the disks sequentially????

  • Use your goddamn RAM: The third change is caching everything, I don't care about your RAM, I will use even 8GB of your RAM if this provides me a faster way to find your files, unused RAM is wasted RAM, even truer the more time passes.




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