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Old 11-01-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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Search for a string within a directory


I am wanting to search through a whole directly for a string. i.e. search each file in the directory for the string and then list which files contain the word...

Does anyone know a way of doing this?
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grep word ./directory/*
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There are several ways, here are a few:
grep -r 'search-string' /path/to/dictory/*
find /path/to/dictory -exec grep 'search-string' {} \;
find /path/to/dictory | xargs grep 'search-string'
The -r switch for grep is to run a recursive search, leave it off if you don't want sub-directories searched. find searches recursively by default, but you can limit that as well.


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