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Using -Z with grep and -0 with xargs handles file names with spaces and special characters.
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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".
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.
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.
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