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Old 07-22-2010, 06:45 AM   #1
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Smile grep command


I am trying to use the grep command but I cannot manage, I know it can be done so I need help.

I am connected to the sane site and I have its sane supported devices for linux table on my xorg screen.

And I want to "grep" and print from the 1777 registered devices the 333 scanners that have complete support.

I tried:"$ grep xorg sane scanners complete" which of course is silly, wishing to tell grep that the file is at the screen etc! I got "no such file". I tried other silly commands to no avail.

I will be thankful for your help,

Old 07-22-2010, 07:05 AM   #2
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What application is displaying the data on that screen? A terminal? A text editor? A browser? If it's Firefox, you can search for text in the page by pressing Ctrl-f.
To use grep you will need to save the data to a text file.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:05 AM   #3
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I have never tried to use grep by itself. It is a program that 'filters' input, and gives you the filtered output matches.

Example. If you go to your home directory, and run the command 'ls', the output to the screen will be the files and directories that are not hidden. There may be many lines. If you are looking for all directories and files with a letter f in them ( just an example ) the command 'ls | grep f' would do it. The input comes from ls. The vertical bar is the 'pipe' command. It directs the output of ls to grep. Grep does the filtering you set up, in this trivial example the filter is 'f'.

You could search through a file is you used the 'cat' command. ie 'cat myfile | grep stuff'. The output would be a line for every time 'stuff' appears in the file.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:07 AM   #4
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Maybe I misunderstand what your doing: You have a website open in a browser (e.g. firefox) and try to grep in there? That does not work. Grep works on a file, not on a screen.

I did the following:
saved as a text file (sane.txt); do not save a s webpage as it contains to much crap for this purpose
next I ran the command below
grep -i complete sane.txt >complete.txt
The -i will make the grep case insensitive and the output goes to a file complete.txt

For more complex stuff (e.g. scanner and complete), you can pipe the output of the first command through a pipe to a new grep (for scanner) and redirect the output to e.g. scanner_complete.txt

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:12 AM   #5
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Presuming you are looking at a web page, use something that understands http, but doesn't render the page - curl is good. Pipe it straight into grep, or save it to a file for processing.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:50 AM   #6
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Thank you everybody, I did not expect such a fast answer so I did lose some time.

Here is what I am trying to do first i.e. save the firefox sane page "" to a file. So I went: "$ mkdir sane.txt" and made a directory (that is a file?) in my home. Then I tried to save the sane page as text from firefox bar: file>save page as>home>jv>sane.txt but it does not go (saved) to sane.txt. I tried to save the page as text and as full page.So here I am stuck! You understand that I know almost nothing about computing.
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Sorry but I had already saved the page as text in my home. It did not save itself in the recently made "sane.txt" directory which I was informed about after trying to save the page simply in /home, experimenting!
then I ran:grep -i complete sane.txt >complete.txt but got: there is no such file or directory.
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I did try the following successfully: "cat sane-mfgs.html | grep Complete" and I got all scanners with complete Linux support and some with complete no support!

I had some difficulty to print the 10 resulting pages as I had to manually
'print screen', neither xterm or konsole would print the whole page.

That was a very good lesson for me and thank you all for your support and time. I know that it is frustrating for a teacher who faces somebody like me that lacks the basics.

Thank you very much again,



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