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xargs deals badly with special characters (such as space, ' and "). To see the problem try this:
touch 'not important_file'
ls not* | xargs rm
Parallel https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/parallel/ does not have this problem.
There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!
recursively traverse the directory structure from . down, look for string "oldstring" in all files, and replace it with "newstring", wherever found
grep -rl oldstring . |xargs perl -pi~ -e 's/oldstring/newstring'
This command find all files in the current dir and subdirs, and replace all occurances of "oldstring" in every file with "newstring".
Using -Z with grep and -0 with xargs handles file names with spaces and special characters.
Search and replace recursively. :-) Shorter and simpler than the others. And allows more terms:
replace old new [old new ...] -- `find -type f`
Does a search and replace across multiple files with a subgroup replacement.
If you can do better, submit your command here.
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