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Search and replace in multiple files recursively

Terminal - Search and replace in multiple files recursively
grep -lr "foo" . | xargs sed -i "s/foo/bar/g"
2013-10-28 13:02:47
User: sergeylukin
Functions: grep sed xargs
Search and replace in multiple files recursively

Replace "foo" with "bar" in all files in current directory recursively


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Useful. A small tweak, though, will make it more robust :-)

grep -lrZ "foo" . | xargs -0 sed -i "s/foo/bar/g"

"grep -Z" and "xargs -0" (zero) make the commands work with null-terminated filenames.

This will now safely handle filenames containing whitespace.

Comment by flatcap 156 weeks and 2 days ago

Not work for me (Mac OSX)

Comment by leecade 156 weeks and 2 days ago

for mac:

grep -lr foo . | xargs sed -i -e 's/foo/bar/g'

Comment by leecade 156 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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