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Terminal - Commands using grep - 1,518 results
locate searchstring | xargs grep foo
2009-04-16 12:51:24
User: zimon
Functions: grep locate xargs
Tags: grep locate

Greps located files for an expression.

Example greps all LaTeX files for 'foo':

locate *.tex | xargs grep foo

To avoid searching thousands of files with grep it could be usefull to test first how much files are returned by locate:

locate -c *.tex
echo "12345,12346" |sed -e's/ //'|tr "," "\n"| while read line; do echo -n $line" "; svn log -vr $line https://url/to/svn/repository/|grep "/"|head -1|cut -d"/" -f2; done
cd ~/.mozilla/firefox/ && sqlite3 `cat profiles.ini | grep Path | awk -F= '{print $2}'`/formhistory.sqlite "select * from moz_formhistory" && cd - > /dev/null
2009-04-13 20:23:37
User: klipz
Functions: awk cd grep

When you fill a formular with Firefox, you see things you entered in previous formulars with same field names. This command list everything Firefox has registered. Using a "delete from", you can remove anoying Google queries, for example ;-)

svn status | grep "^\?" | awk '{print $2}' | xargs svn add
yum erase `yum list installed | grep 'php'`
2009-04-13 12:58:16
Functions: grep

This is useful for remove all packages that are part of a common suite.

alias lg='ls --color=always | grep --color=always -i'
2009-04-11 23:15:12
User: kFiddle
Functions: alias grep
Tags: ls alias color grep

This is a simple command, but extremely useful. It's a quick way to search the file names in the current directory for a substring. Normally people use "ls *term*" but that requires the stars and is not case insensitive. Color (for both ls and grep) is an added bonus.

svn status | grep '^?' | awk '{ print $2; }' | xargs svn add
2009-04-10 21:55:37
Functions: awk grep xargs
Tags: svn awk xargs

Lists the local files that are not present in the remote repository (lines beginning with ?)

and add them.

identify -verbose *.jpg|grep "\(Image:\|Resolution\)"
#!/bin/sh for dir in `ls -A | grep -v .sh`; do chown -R $dir:$dir $dir done
function jumpTo { xmms2 jump `xmms2 list | grep -i '$1' | head -n 1 | tail -n 1 | sed -re 's@.+\[(.+)/.+\] (.+)@\1@'`; }
2009-04-10 13:43:57
User: pyrho
Functions: grep head sed tail
Tags: xmms2


Declare this function in your Shell, then use it like this:

> jumpTo foo

The script will search for the 'foo' pattern in your current xmms2 playlist (artist or songname), and play the first occurence of it !

svn info | grep '^URL:' | egrep -o '(tags|branches)/[^/]+|trunk' | egrep -o '[^/]+$'
2009-04-09 20:08:45
User: isaacs
Functions: egrep grep info
Tags: svn grep

Get the svn info, grep for the "URL" of the repository, pull out the tag/branch/trunk, and then just show the helpful/meaningful bit.

grep -r "mystring" . |uniq | cut -d: -f1 | xargs sed -i "s/mystring//"
2009-04-09 12:49:01
Functions: cut grep sed uniq xargs

Linux : these script enable you to edit multiple files and remove exact phrase from multiple files

grep "install " /var/log/dpkg.log | awk '{print $4}' | xargs apt-get -y remove --purge
sudo tcpdump -i en1 -n -s 0 -w - | grep -a -o -E "Host\: .*|GET \/.*"
2009-04-04 01:41:48
User: peterc
Functions: grep sudo tcpdump

Replace "en1" with your network interface (on OS X, usually en0, en1, eth0, etc..)

dmesg | grep cpu
2009-04-03 01:57:04
User: kingji
Functions: dmesg grep
Tags: cpus

get cpu info from dmesg

history | grep ssh
2009-04-03 01:35:52
User: haivu
Functions: grep
Tags: bash csh

After seeing the command you wish to repeat, just invoke it using the ! syntax.

ls -l | grep ^l
2009-04-02 17:47:36
User: haivu
Functions: grep ls
Tags: ls

Shows all linked file and destinations. The 'ls -l' command lists the files in long (1 file per line) format, and the grep command displays only those lines that starts with an l (lower case L) -- a linked file.

Updated: Remove reference to hard links because this command does not apply to hard link as others kindly pointed out.

read -p 'Username: ' u;sudo -H -u $u xauth add $(xauth list|grep :$(echo ${DISPLAY: -4:2}));sudo su - $u
u=`curl -d 'dl.start=Free' $(curl $1|perl -wpi -e 's/^.*"(http:\/\/rs.*)" method.*$/$1/'|egrep '^http'|head -n1)|grep "Level(3) \#2"|perl -wpi -e 's/^.*(http:\/\/rs[^\\\\]*).*$/$1/'`;sleep 60;wget $u
while true; do ifconfig eth0 | grep "inet addr:"; sleep 60; done;
2009-04-01 19:29:28
User: bandit36
Functions: grep ifconfig sleep
Tags: script while loop

You can use this to loop any command to periodically see the output.

while true; do [YOUR COMMAND HERE]; sleep [# of seconds]; done;

Alternatively, you can put it in a simple shell script to save typing!


while true; do $1; sleep $2; done;

/path/to/script.sh "ifconfig eth0 | grep 'inet addr:'" 60
find . -name "*.py" -exec grep -n -H -E "^(import|from) math" {} \;
ssh -vN hostname 2>&1 | grep "remote software version"
2009-03-31 18:28:41
User: sud0er
Functions: grep hostname ssh
Tags: ssh

I used this to confirm an upgrade to an SSH daemon was successful

date +%m/%d/%y%X|tr -d 'n' >>datemp.log&& sensors|grep +5V|cut -d "(" -f1|tr -d 'n'>> datemp.log && sensors |grep Temp |cut -d "(" -f1|tr -d 'n'>>datemp.log
2009-03-31 18:13:23
User: f241vc15
Functions: cut date grep sensors tr
cat datemp.log


Sys Temp: +11.0?C

CPU Temp: +35.5?C

AUX Temp: +3.0?C

find . -type f -exec grep StringToFind \{\} --with-filename \;|sed -e '/svn/d'|sed -e '/~/d'
2009-03-31 18:09:31
User: f241vc15
Functions: find grep sed

Look for a string in one of your codes, excluding the files with svn and ~ (temp/back up files). This can be useful when you're looking for a particular string in one of your source codes for example, inside a directory which is under version control (e.g. svn), removing all the annoying files with ~ (tilde) from the search. you can even change the command after -exec to delete (rm) or view (cat) files found by 'find' for example

cat /var/log/secure | grep smtp | awk '{print $9}' | cut -f2 -d= | sort | uniq -c | sort -n | tail
2009-03-30 15:49:54
User: empulse
Functions: awk cat cut grep sort uniq

Searches /var/log/secure for smtp connections then lists these by number of connections made and hosts.