find and searching for specific expression in files
valentin.bud at gmail.com
Sat May 30 11:56:44 UTC 2009
2009/5/30 Zbigniew Szalbot <z.szalbot at lcwords.com>
> >> Can you please give me a hint how to use find to search for a specific
> >> text within files?
> > Generally, you don't - find(1) does not examine the contents of files by
> > itself, just their directory information. You normally use grep(1) to
> > search within a file.
> Ahhh - I use grep on daily basis. Now why didn't I think of it? I got so
> fixed on the idea of using find that I completely forgot about grep....
> Sorry for the noise and thank you very much for your help!
> Zbigniew Szalbot
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Hello Mr. Zbigniew Szalbot,
You can use egrep -r * (grep -e) to search for specific text pattern while
you are in a directory with many sub directories. The output is nice because
it tells you the file in which the text pattern was found :).
a great day,
network warrior since 2005
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