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Search through files, ignoring .svn

Terminal - Search through files, ignoring .svn
find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \) -type f -print0 | xargs --null grep <searchTerm>
2009-07-08 20:08:05
User: qazwart
Functions: find grep xargs
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Search through files, ignoring .svn

By putting the "-not \( -name .svn -prune \)" in the very front of the "find" command, you eliminate the .svn directories in your find command itself. No need to grep them out.

You can even create an alias for this command:

alias svn_find="find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \)"

Now you can do things like

svn_find -mtime -3

Alternatives

There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
grep <pattern> -R . --exclude-dir='.svn'
ack -ai 'searchterm'
find . | grep -v svn
2011-01-16 03:51:57
User: gwchamb
Functions: find grep
Tags: grep
-1

Unless you have files that include 'svn' in them, this should provide enough information to be useful. If you need to be certain, add the leading dot in the search pattern

find . -type f -print0 | grep -vzZ '.svn' | xargs -0 grep --color -nEHi "SEARCHTERM"
2009-02-05 10:27:15
User: troelskn
Functions: find grep xargs
-3

Variant of find grep that ignores files with .svn in the name. Useful for searching through a local repository of source code.

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You could have find invoke grep for you and avoid the -print0|xargs --null part:

find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \) -type f -exec grep PATTERN {} +

the '+' means for exec to build the grep command with many arguments much like xargs does.

Comment by bwoodacre 266 weeks and 6 days ago

Better than that, use ack (on Debian it's called ack-grep) instead.

ack PATTERN

ack ignores .svn (and other version control) directories automatically, is recursive by default and has lots of other useful switches like limiting to certain file types. So to just search PHP files,

ack --php PATTERN
Comment by tremby 266 weeks and 3 days ago

The same thing can be done in a more straight forward way using grep only:

grep * --exclude-dir='.svn'
Comment by log0 266 weeks and 3 days ago

thanks for the package name tremby! I got tired of searching aptitude.

Comment by bwoodacre 266 weeks and 3 days ago

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