Search and replace in multiple files recursively

grep -lr "foo" . | xargs sed -i "s/foo/bar/g"
Replace "foo" with "bar" in all files in current directory recursively

2013-10-28 13:02:47

What Others Think

Useful. A small tweak, though, will make it more robust :-) grep -lrZ "foo" . | xargs -0 sed -i "s/foo/bar/g" "grep -Z" and "xargs -0" (zero) make the commands work with null-terminated filenames. This will now safely handle filenames containing whitespace.
flatcap · 446 weeks ago
Not work for me (Mac OSX)
leecade · 446 weeks ago
for mac: grep -lr foo . | xargs sed -i -e 's/foo/bar/g'
leecade · 446 weeks ago

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

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