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Old 11-30-2007, 09:05 PM   #1
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grep exact letters


I used grep everyday. However, is there a parametes to grep an exact word. Let's say there is a word nelso, nels, nelson. If I grep "nels", it will show the three. Can I do a grep where it wil only display "nels" and not including nelson and nelso?
 
Old 11-30-2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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Use the word-boundry metacharacter.

Code:
]$ cat huh 
nelson
nelso
nels
Code:
grep '\bnels\b' huh
nels

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