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search for a pattern (regex) in all text files (ignoring binary files) in a directory tree

Terminal - search for a pattern (regex) in all text files (ignoring binary files) in a directory tree
egrep -i "somepattern" `find . -type f -print`
2009-12-02 16:00:46
Functions: egrep
search for a pattern (regex) in all text files (ignoring binary files) in a directory tree


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type f | perl -lne 'print if -T;' | xargs egrep "somepattern"

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What others think

This will only work on relatively short results from "find" or you will get too many arguments to egrep.

Use xargs to call egrep for directory trees where there may be many results from the "find" command.

Comment by drewk 433 weeks and 3 days ago

anything wrong with egrep -r?

Comment by alesplin 433 weeks and 2 days ago

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