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ff() { local IFS='|'; grep -rinE "$*" . ; }
2011-06-10 10:25:10
User: RanyAlbeg
Functions: grep
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Content search.

Grep will read the contents of each file in PWD and will use the REs $1 $2 ... $n to match the contents.

In case of match, grep will print the appropriate file, line number and the matching line.

It's just easier to write

ff word1 word2 word3

Instead of

grep -rinE 'word1|word2|word3' .

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good job for an alias

Comment by magma_camel 276 weeks and 3 days ago

Aliases do not take arguments.

Comment by RanyAlbeg 276 weeks and 3 days ago

> Aliases do not take arguments.

They do but local: can only be used in a function.

Comment by karol 276 weeks and 1 day ago

No. Again - Aliases do not take arguments. I'm sorry.

Comment by RanyAlbeg 276 weeks and 1 day ago
[[email protected] test]$ type foo foo is aliased to `echo -e "1a\n2b\n3c\n4d" | grep -E ""$@"' [[email protected] test]$ foo "2|4" 2b 4d
Comment by karol 276 weeks ago

I do not buy your tricks, old lady.

It's not using the "$@" there. that's expanding to nothing. any arguments you pass to an alias just get tacked on to the end

alias foo='printf "%s\n" 1a 2b 3c 4d | grep -E' foo '2|4' 2b 4d
Comment by RanyAlbeg 275 weeks and 6 days ago

> any arguments you pass to an alias just get tacked on to the end

Of course ;P

[[email protected] ~]$ type bar bar is aliased to `echo one "$1" two "$2"' [[email protected] ~]$ bar 1 2 one two 1 2
Comment by karol 275 weeks and 5 days ago

What are you trying to show? the 1 needs to be between 'one' 'two'

and not at the end of the line.

Your example shows exactly what I demonstrated earlier.

Anyway, when you are thinking 'Should I use an alias or a function?' just use a function.

Aliases do not holds code, functions do.

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