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Terminal - Commands using grep - 1,531 results
grep -r --exclude-dir=.svn PATTERN PATH
2009-03-04 23:21:50
User: patko
Functions: grep
Tags: svn

exclude-dir option requires grep 2.5.3

wget -c -v -S -T 100 --tries=0 `curl -s http://ms1.espectador.com/ podcast/espectador/la_venganza_sera_terrible.xml | grep -v xml | grep link | sed 's/]*>//g'`
2009-03-04 13:12:28
User: fmdlc
Functions: grep link sed wget

This download a complete audio podcast

cal | grep --before-context 6 --after-context 6 --color -e " $(date +%e)" -e "^$(date +%e)"
2009-03-04 06:46:52
User: haivu
Functions: cal grep
Tags: PIM


* The date command evaluated to today's date with blank padded on the left if single digit

* The grep command search and highlight today's date

* The --before-context and --after-context flags displays up to 6 lines before and after the line containing today's date; thus completes the calendar.

I have tested this command on Mac OS X Leopard and Xubuntu 8.10

$ grep -rl oldstring . |xargs sed -i -e 's/oldstring/newstring/'
2009-03-03 20:10:19
User: netfortius
Functions: grep sed
Tags: perl sed

recursively traverse the directory structure from . down, look for string "oldstring" in all files, and replace it with "newstring", wherever found


grep -rl oldstring . |xargs perl -pi~ -e 's/oldstring/newstring'
gunzip -c /var/log/auth.log.*.gz | cat - /var/log/auth.log /var/log/auth.log.0 | grep "Invalid user" | awk '{print $8;}' | sort | uniq -c | less
export IFS=$'\n';for dir in $( ls -l | grep ^d | cut -c 52-);do du -sh $dir; done
ps axww | grep SomeCommand | awk '{ print $1 }' | xargs kill
2009-02-28 17:48:51
User: philiph
Functions: awk grep ps xargs

This command kills all processes with 'SomeCommand' in the process name. There are other more elegant ways to extract the process names from ps but they are hard to remember and not portable across platforms. Use this command with caution as you could accidentally kill other matching processes!

xargs is particularly handy in this case because it makes it easy to feed the process IDs to kill and it also ensures that you don't try to feed too many PIDs to kill at once and overflow the command-line buffer.

Note that if you are attempting to kill many thousands of runaway processes at once you should use 'kill -9'. Otherwise the system will try to bring each process into memory before killing it and you could run out of memory. Typically when you want to kill many processes at once it is because you are already in a low memory situation so if you don't 'kill -9' you will make things worse

svn status | grep '^\?' | sed -e 's/^\?//g' | xargs svn add
2009-02-28 03:00:28
User: dollyaswin
Functions: grep sed xargs

These part of the command:

svn status | grep '^\?' => find new file or directory on working copy

sed -e 's/^\?//g' => remove "^" character on the first character of file name

xargs svn add => add file to subversion repository

You can modify above command to other circumtances, like revert addition files or commit files that have been modified. ^_^

aptitude show $PROGRAM | grep Vers
2009-02-27 23:24:37
User: aabilio
Functions: grep

Output: Version 3.2-0 (for example if you type # aptitude show bash | grep Vers

Depends on the language of your distribution, because the name of the word "Version" in other languages may be different.

grep "FOUND" /var/log/squidclamav.log | awk '{print $5"-"$2"-"$3","$4","$11}' | sed -e 's/\,http.*url=/\,/g' | sed -e 's/&/\,/g' | sed -e 's/source=//g' |sed -e 's/user=//g' | sed -e 's/virus=//g' | sed -e 's/stream\:+//g' | sed -e 's/\+FOUND//g'
2009-02-27 13:28:18
User: nablas
Functions: awk grep sed

This command will list a CSV list of infected files detected by clamav through squidclamav redirector.

ls -l | grep ^d
2009-02-26 20:28:10
User: sysadmn
Functions: grep ls

Show only the subdirectories in the current directory. In the example above, /lib has 135 files and directories. With this command, the 9 dirs jump out.

rpm -qa | grep PACKAGENAME | xargs rpm -q --filesbypkg
2009-02-26 14:32:12
User: piscue
Functions: grep rpm xargs

rpm, sometimes, is not wildcard friendly. To search files installed from package this could be useful.

change PACKAGENAME to any package do you want to search

dmidecode | grep -i prod
2009-02-25 23:05:17
User: rockon
Functions: grep

This command gives a model information of a computer. Also useful in determining the host is a VM machine or actual physical machine.

IPADDR=`ifconfig eth0 | grep -i inet | awk -F: '{print $2}'| awk '{print $1}'`
2009-02-25 22:58:19
User: rockon
Functions: awk grep

Useful in scripts while you just need an IP address in a variable.

svn st | grep ^? | xargs svn add 2> /dev/null
ps -ef | grep [t]clsh
on="off"; off="on"; now=$(amixer get Master | tr -d '[]' | grep "Playback.*%" |head -n1 |awk '{print $7}'); amixer sset Master ${!now}
grep --color=auto -iRnH "$search_word" $directory
2009-02-21 19:16:33
User: tobiasboon
Functions: grep

greps for search word in directory and below (defaults to cd).

-i case insensitive

-n shows line number

-H shows file name

find /path/to/files -type f -mtime +7 | grep -v \.gz | xargs gzip
N="filepath" ; P=/proc/$(lsof +L1 | grep "$N" | awk '{print $2}')/fd ; ls -l $P | sed -rn "/$N/s/.*([0-9]+) ->.*/\1/p" | xargs -I_ cat $P/_ > "$N"
2009-02-21 02:31:24
User: laburu
Functions: awk cat grep ls sed xargs

Note that the file at the given path will have the contents of the (still) deleted file, but it is a new file with a new node number; in other words, this restores the data, but it does not actually "undelete" the old file.

I posted a function declaration encapsulating this functionality to http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/7yx6f/how_to_undelete_any_open_deleted_file_in_linux/c07sqwe (please excuse the crap formatting).

for i in `ps aux | grep ssh | grep -v grep | awk {'print $2'}` ; do kill $i; done
HOST=;for((port=1;port<=65535;++port)); do echo -en "$port ";if echo -en "open $HOST $port\nlogout\quit" | telnet 2>/dev/null | grep 'Connected to' > /dev/null; then echo -en "\n\nport $port/tcp is open\n\n";fi;done | grep open
ps auxwww | grep outofcontrolprocess | awk '{print $9}' | xargs kill -9
netstat -tap | grep mysql
netstat -alnp | grep ::80