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Old 11-14-2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question Command line tools to Find files with specific text

What is the best tool to find all files with a string such as "PS1=" ?
I solved this one by letting the Find Files icon in KDE sort through the whole hard drive.
If I knew the likely candidates I could use cat | grep "PS1=" or maybe awk (just discovered this today). In DOS I would use but that does rely on knowing the likely candidates (usually by the three letter extensions).
Any suggestions?
Old 11-14-2004, 02:38 PM   #2
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What's wrong with just using grep?

something like:
grep -r -I -D skip "PS1=" /
-r : recursive
-I : ignore binary files
-D skip : skip device drivers

Old 11-14-2004, 02:59 PM   #3
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Yea or so you can remeber that make a bash script so that it will run with them commands and you got your own home made search engine
Old 11-14-2004, 04:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the speedy replies, Mithrascruor and Exvor. More success using the / instead of the * I had used before. I don't know what's wrong but it goes through the windows directories twice, then after a couple of grep /proc entries, which return Invalid Argument, it stops. (I copied the windows partitions over to this box for the data, though I don't run it on this box). I don't know if this is peculiar to my distro Suse 9.1; I tried it on my laptop, which has a Debian based distro (Libranet 2.8.1) which would not run with the -D switch. It did find my .bashrc file in my home directory (I think SuSE makes it more difficult by using etc/profile referring to /etc/profile.local or some complex set-up) but then it stops after two "no such file or directory" entries in a /~/.kde directory.
Perhaps it is running out of memory (500Mb on the desktop and 384 on the laptop)? I would have thought it would crash more readily with a GUI, but maybe SuSE has built in a work-around for this?
Old 11-14-2004, 06:19 PM   #5
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grep was already mentioned, but if you're looking for the file with the 'PS1=' line in it (which I was not sure if you are or not), try /etc/profile and ~/.bash_profile -- one or the other should contain the PS1= line.
Old 11-15-2004, 04:46 AM   #6
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Originally posted by Adrohak
<snip>one or the other should contain the PS1= line.
I guess knowing where to look is the answer.



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