Search through files, ignoring .svn

find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \) -type f -print0 | xargs --null grep <searchTerm>
By putting the "-not \( -name .svn -prune \)" in the very front of the "find" command, you eliminate the .svn directories in your find command itself. No need to grep them out. You can even create an alias for this command: alias svn_find="find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \)" Now you can do things like svn_find -mtime -3

By: qazwart
2009-07-08 20:08:05

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You could have find invoke grep for you and avoid the -print0|xargs --null part: find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \) -type f -exec grep PATTERN {} + the '+' means for exec to build the grep command with many arguments much like xargs does.
bwoodacre · 641 weeks and 3 days ago
Better than that, use ack (on Debian it's called ack-grep) instead. ack PATTERN ack ignores .svn (and other version control) directories automatically, is recursive by default and has lots of other useful switches like limiting to certain file types. So to just search PHP files, ack --php PATTERN
tremby · 641 weeks ago
The same thing can be done in a more straight forward way using grep only: grep * --exclude-dir='.svn'
log0 · 641 weeks ago
thanks for the package name tremby! I got tired of searching aptitude.
bwoodacre · 641 weeks ago
Can you tell me a bit more, please? expression of gratitude
yeoyeo · 10 weeks and 1 day ago

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