Change all instances of a word in all files in the current directory and it's sub-directories

perl -pi -e 's/foo/bar/g' $(grep -rl foo ./*)
This command will replace all instances of 'foo' with 'bar' in all files in the current working directory and any sub-directories.

By: dopeman
2009-03-27 17:21:35

What Others Think

There's really no need to perform a grep first, as perl will only replace the string if it finds it in a file, and ignore files in which it's not there. find . |xargs perl -pi -e 's/foo/bar/g' should do the trick.
clockworkavian · 600 weeks and 6 days ago
Current dir: sed -i s/foo/bar/g * Recursive: find * -type f -exec sed -i s/foo/bar/g {} \;
SlimG · 600 weeks and 5 days 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?

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