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Old 02-07-2004, 06:31 AM   #1
chamanrana
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Angry Command to find file with text


Hello there,
is there a command in Linux to find a file (searching in the whole disk) with some text (of the file) which I will explicit in the search? something like:
find "text inside the file" in all the files

Thanks!
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Old 02-07-2004, 06:52 AM   #2
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hmm....haven't done ever (as finding all the files on one's disk takes a hell of a long time heheh) but here's some starting things:

"cat" prints out the contents of a file, like "cat foo.txt" prints what's inside foo.txt and "cat /*/*" might then print out everything in everywhere? not sure.
"grep" cuts off and prints only the parts that are given, for example "cat foo.txt | grep you" would first read through file foo.txt, then print out every line which has the string "you" inside it (like you, you're, yours, fdsajlkfdsyoufdlask and so on)

I don't know any ready program...perhaps there is, perhaps not. You might want to try combining different commands to success....
 
Old 02-07-2004, 07:41 AM   #3
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Hi,
I would use something like
Code:
grep -R -e <regexp-pattern> /
 
Old 12-01-2004, 12:47 PM   #4
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Is there a way to search through a folder of files, find the phrase you're looking for and then show the file name?
 
Old 12-01-2004, 01:04 PM   #5
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find <dir> -name "name"
ex find /home/user/mp3 -name "*trance*.mp3"
 
Old 12-01-2004, 01:16 PM   #6
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gnome search tool can do this if your after a gui (command "gnome-search-tool")
 
Old 12-01-2004, 02:23 PM   #7
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I'm using Darwin so, no gnome gui for me. - not quite what I'm looking for delta - I want to show the name of the file that contains the string.
 
Old 12-01-2004, 02:59 PM   #8
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yeah do a man grep (or just grep --help) and it'll show you how.
 
Old 12-01-2004, 06:08 PM   #9
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Code:
        find . -name *.txt | xargs grep -l 'text-to-find'

... where . is the directory specification (this one starts at the current directory)
... where *.txt is the filespec of files to search
... where 'text-to-find' is the text you want to find inside thefiles.

But sometimes you'll find so many files it'll scroll away. Here's what I do:

Code:
        find . -name *.txt | xargs grep -l 'text-to-find'  | gvim -
... which will pipe the resulting file names to a new instance of VIM.


Last edited by jlangelier; 12-01-2004 at 06:14 PM.
 
Old 12-01-2004, 06:19 PM   #10
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if only I could pipe that to the "why I love linux" thread
 
Old 12-02-2004, 11:47 AM   #11
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Brilliant! Thank you. I just did a | more at the end of it. Thanks all!
 
  


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