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Recursive grep of all c++ source under the current directory

Terminal - Recursive grep of all c++ source under the current directory
grep -R --include=*.cpp --include=*.h --exclude=*.inl.h "string" .
2010-07-14 16:32:28
User: sweinst
Functions: grep
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Recursive grep of all c++ source under the current directory

Gnu grep allows to restrict the search to files only matching a given pattern. It also allows to exclude files.

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
find . -name '*.?pp' | xargs grep -H "string"
2010-07-14 14:41:07
User: cout
Functions: find grep xargs
Tags: find xargs grep
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I like this better than some of the alternatives using -exec, because if I want to change the string, it's right there at the end of the command line. That means less editing effort and more time to drink coffee.

find . -name '*.?pp' -exec grep -H "string" {} \;

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What others think

Typically you would use find(1) in combination with xargs(1) and grep(1) because this is more portable and not restricted to GNU environments (i.e. Linux).

Comment by inof 224 weeks ago

ack-grep is another tool that can be used for same purpose.

Comment by alperyilmaz 223 weeks and 6 days ago

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