find and grep Word docs

find . -iname '*filename*.doc' | { while read line; do antiword "$line"; done; } | grep -C4 search_term;
Find Word docs by filename in the current directory, convert each of them to plain text using antiword (taking care of spaces in filenames), then grep for a search term in the particular file. (Of course, it's better to save your data as plain text to make for easier grepping, but that's not always possible.) Requires antiword. Or you can modify it to use catdoc instead.

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By: Ben
2009-07-28 15:49:58

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