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Fast search in man files or bz-files by keyword direct by man or bz files

Terminal - Fast search in man files or bz-files by keyword direct by man or bz files
bzgrep -lE "COMMIT_EDITMSG" /usr/share/man/man?/git*
2013-12-08 18:59:06
Functions: bzgrep
Fast search in man files or bz-files by keyword direct by man or bz files

For example we need find fast where located and described keyword COMMIT_EDITMSG in man files. Here example howto solve it by search with command bzgrep in man files. Generally these files in bz compressed format. You can use another keywords to your search. Common syntax is:

bzgrep -lE keyword1 /usr/share/man/man?/optional-keyword-to-refine*


bzgrep -lE keyword1 /usr/share/man/man?/*

where optional-keyword-to-refine is optional and may be omitted but used to speedup search

Of course you may combine other options for bzgrep (its based on grep)


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On fedora they're gzipped, so you'd need to use zgrep.

Anyone know of a grep front-end that's compression-type-agnostic?

Comment by flatcap 223 weeks and 3 days ago

Is there something wrong with "man -k" or "man -K"? Is this actually faster?

Comment by UncleJubba 223 weeks and 2 days ago

just more flexible and wide options features

Comment by unixmonkey14859 223 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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