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Edit all files found having a specific string found by grep

Terminal - Edit all files found having a specific string found by grep
find . -type f -exec grep -qi 'foo' {} \; -print0 | xargs -0 vim
2009-09-03 17:55:26
User: arcege
Functions: find grep xargs
Edit all files found having a specific string found by grep

Make sure that find does not touch anything other than regular files, and handles non-standard characters in filenames while passing to xargs.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
grep -Hrli 'foo' * | xargs vim
2009-09-03 15:44:05
User: dere22
Functions: grep xargs
Tags: vim sed awk grep

The grep switches eliminate the need for awk and sed. Modifying vim with -p will show all files in separate tabs, -o in separate vim windows. Just wish it didn't hose my terminal once I exit vim!!

grep -ir 'foo' * | awk '{print $1}' | sed -e 's/://' | xargs vim
2009-09-03 15:12:27
User: elubow
Functions: awk grep sed xargs
Tags: vim sed awk grep

This will drop you into vim to edit all files that contain your grep string.

grep -ir 'foo' * | awk -F '{print $1}' | xargs vim
2009-09-03 15:58:47
User: verboEse
Functions: awk grep xargs
Tags: vim sed awk grep

saves one command. Needs GNU grep though :-(

find . -exec grep foobar /dev/null {} \; | awk -F: '{print $1}' | xargs vi
2009-09-03 16:02:18
User: verboEse
Functions: awk find grep xargs
Tags: vim awk find grep

needs no GNU tools, as far as I see it

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What others think

doesn't work on native Solaris e.g., as "-print0" is not supported for find, neither is "-0" for xargs.

Comment by verboEse 318 weeks and 4 days ago

In Emacs, it is just `M-x rgrep'.

Comment by ashawley 317 weeks and 4 days ago

This definately works:

grep -l -r "string" | xargs -I {} vi {}

Comment by tusharty 259 weeks and 5 days ago

tusharty, I believe the grep command is missing something. Your command doesn't work on Ubuntu, Redhat, Fedora.

Comment by arcege 259 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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