Iterate through directories and search into files

Steve Bertrand steve at
Fri Sep 26 12:22:19 UTC 2008

Steve Bertrand wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I have a list of directories:
> - a..z and 2003..2008
> ...inside of a single directory.
> Can someone advise what the shortest shell pipeline would be to search
> for two words (on two separate lines) within all files located only the
> alpha directories, and then print the filename to STDOUT?

...what I meant to say was that both patterns will be on the SAME line,
as a single instance example, I would do:

cat a/file.fil | grep -i comment | grep 355


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