List files containing given search string recursively

find /path/to/dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep -l "foo"

0
By: apotheos
2012-06-19 16:27:30

What Others Think

or: ag /path or: ack /path ... or perhaps even more useful: sag /path F {N} .. where {N} is the number provided from sag for the match(s) ... and the file opens in $EDITOR sack /path F {N} .. where {N} is the number provied from sack for the match(s) ... and the file opens in $EDITOR ... and note by default grep is not desciminate, it will search binary files, whatever is passed to it from find. Both 'ack' and 'ag' have some level of descrimination by default (which of course can be fine tuned).
khayyam · 285 weeks and 1 day ago
the content management munged the above commands! ... there should be a 'string' between command and /path.
khayyam · 285 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands



Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: