Search recursively to find a word or phrase in certain file types, such as C code

find . -name "*.[ch]" -exec grep -i -H "search pharse" {} \;
I have a bash alias for this command line and find it useful for searching C code for error messages. The -H tells grep to print the filename. you can omit the -i to match the case exactly or keep the -i for case-insensitive matching. This find command find all .c and .h files
Sample Output
./src/main.c:    printf("Search phrase");
./include/example.h:    #define MY_PHASE search phrase

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servermanaged · 497 weeks and 2 days ago
Nice one. I sure wish you could just: grep -iHr "search phrase" *.[ch]
joneser005 · 497 weeks and 2 days ago
@joneser005: Don't we all!
sudopeople · 497 weeks and 2 days ago
@joneser005: Under zsh you can for example: grep -iH "search phrase" **/*{c,h}
chopinhauer · 497 weeks and 1 day ago
see also http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/1144/grep-for-word-in-directory-recursive grep --color=auto is a nice addition
tobiasboon · 497 weeks and 1 day ago
Anyone who needs to search source code should take a look at Ack: http://betterthangrep.com/ ack --cc -i "search phrase"
fletch · 497 weeks ago
grep 'pattern' * -r done.
copremesis · 495 weeks and 3 days ago
what sh do you guys use? some of listed above don't work in bash....
mousecat · 472 weeks and 5 days ago
the easy way, grep -ril ^Error /{tmp,var}/log.201[0-5][0-1][0-9].log
terminux · 164 weeks ago

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