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Find all files containing a word

Terminal - Find all files containing a word
grep -rHi searchphrase *.php
2010-01-15 00:23:25
User: psybermonkey
Functions: grep
2
Find all files containing a word

shorter :p

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Terminal - Alternatives
find . -name "*.php" | xargs grep -il searchphrase
2010-01-14 22:42:36
User: refrax
Functions: find grep xargs
2

This command will find all files recursively containing the phrase entered, represented here by "searchphrase". This particular command searches in all php files, but you could change that to just be html files or just log files etc.

find . -name "*.php" -exec grep -il searchphrase {} \;
2010-01-16 05:09:30
Functions: find grep
-1

This is very similar to the first example except that it employs the 'exec' argument of the find command rather than piping the result to xargs. The second example is nice and tidy but different *NIXs may not have as capable a grep command.

find . -exec grep -l "sample" {} \;
2010-01-16 13:12:52
User: whoami
Functions: find grep
-8

Will find all files containing "sample" in the current directory and in the directories below.

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What others think

yeah... try to find any word in a .doc with this command ! lol. The xargs is necessary.

Comment by unixmonkey7859 293 weeks and 5 days ago

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