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Grep for word in directory (recursive)

Terminal - Grep for word in directory (recursive)
grep --color=auto -iRnH "$search_word" $directory
2009-02-21 19:16:33
User: tobiasboon
Functions: grep
Grep for word in directory (recursive)

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

-i case insensitive

-n shows line number

-H shows file name


There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
grep --color -R "text" directory/

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What others think

Hey I had no idea grep supported coloring. Do you know of a pager that will pass color info thru unmodified? less and more don't seem to do the trick...

Comment by skibrianski 477 weeks and 6 days ago

Rather than --color=auto, you can save yourself 5 typing characters with:

grep --color -iRnH "$search_word" $directory

--color will default to --color=auto.

Comment by atoponce 476 weeks and 6 days ago

grep --color=auto doesn't colorize if its output is being sent to a pipe. Use --color=always to get less(1) to show color.

Comment by ger 470 weeks and 4 days ago

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