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Old 05-11-2009, 12:50 AM   #1
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how to match the exact pattern using grep utility

hi all......

I am trying to match a word 'will' using grep 'will' filename then it displays lines having words like willing ..can any one help me please...I want to match exact word 'will'

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use the -o option
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In general, you can get help with command-line utilities with 'command --help'. Applying this to grep, your question is answered with:
grep --help
which outputs, in part:

Usage: grep [OPTION]... PATTERN [FILE]...
Search for PATTERN in each FILE or standard input.
PATTERN is, by default, a basic regular expression (BRE).
Example: grep -i 'hello world' menu.h main.c

Regexp selection and interpretation:
-E, --extended-regexp PATTERN is an extended regular expression (ERE)
-F, --fixed-strings PATTERN is a set of newline-separated fixed strings
-G, --basic-regexp PATTERN is a basic regular expression (BRE)
-P, --perl-regexp PATTERN is a Perl regular expression
-e, --regexp=PATTERN use PATTERN for matching
-f, --file=FILE obtain PATTERN from FILE
-i, --ignore-case ignore case distinctions
-w, --word-regexp force PATTERN to match only whole words
-x, --line-regexp force PATTERN to match only whole lines
-z, --null-data a data line ends in 0 byte, not newline
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Will probably work as desired in this case, but the definition of "word" isn't necessarily what you'd expect.


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