Grep for word in directory (recursive)

grep --color=auto -iRnH "$search_word" $directory
greps for search word in directory and below (defaults to cd). -i case insensitive -n shows line number -H shows file name

2009-02-21 19:16:33

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Hey I had no idea grep supported coloring. Do you know of a pager that will pass color info thru unmodified? less and more don't seem to do the trick...
skibrianski · 637 weeks and 4 days ago
Rather than --color=auto, you can save yourself 5 typing characters with: grep --color -iRnH "$search_word" $directory --color will default to --color=auto.
atoponce · 636 weeks and 4 days ago
grep --color=auto doesn't colorize if its output is being sent to a pipe. Use --color=always to get less(1) to show color.
ger · 630 weeks and 1 day ago

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