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Search through files, ignoring .svn

Terminal - Search through files, ignoring .svn
grep <pattern> -R . --exclude-dir='.svn'
2009-07-13 19:08:53
User: log0
Functions: grep
Search through files, ignoring .svn


There are 26 alternatives - vote for the best!

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

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
ack -ai 'searchterm'
find . | grep -v svn
2011-01-16 03:51:57
User: gwchamb
Functions: find grep
Tags: grep

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

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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What others think

FYI, there is a tool ack which has been mentioned on this site if you happen to be doing a lot of grepping-in-files, http://betterthangrep.com

If have a simple regex for your file types (C files perhaps) then the --include options works too:

grep -R PATTERN . --include="*.c"

and is likely faster since you're grepping fewer files. Fortunately this also skips the contents of .svn/text-base directories because those files have .svn-base appended to their name and this don't match "*.c"

Comment by bwoodacre 439 weeks and 3 days ago

This doesn't work on Apple Leopard:

$ grep mod_info -R . --exclude-dir='.svn' grep: unrecognized option `--exclude-dir=.svn'
Comment by StefanLasiewski 389 weeks ago

This doesn't work on Apple Leopard:

$ grep mod_info -R . --exclude-dir='.svn' grep: unrecognized option `--exclude-dir=.svn'
Comment by StefanLasiewski 389 weeks ago

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