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Recursive Search and Replace

Terminal - Recursive Search and Replace
perl -pi -e's/<what to find>/<what to replace it with>/g' `grep -Rl <what to find> /<dir>/*`
2009-02-26 19:14:39
User: adampbell
Functions: perl
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Recursive Search and Replace

Finds the string in every file in an entire directory and all its subdirectories and replaces it with a new string. Especially useful when changing a machine's IP address or hostname - run it on /etc.

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find . -type f -exec grep -l XXX {} \;|tee /tmp/fileschanged|xargs perl -pi.bak -e 's/XXX/YYY/g'

Find all files that contain string XXX in them, change the string from XXX to YYY, make a backup copy of the file and save a list of files changed in /tmp/fileschanged.

Comment by drossman 325 weeks ago

Oh, nice...I like that one even better.

Comment by adampbell 325 weeks ago

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