grep certain file types recursively

find . -name "*.[ch]" -exec grep "TODO" {} +
-exec works better and faster then using a pipe

By: peshay
2009-08-13 06:17:22

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it would seem so yes, but it's really much closer to a tie here. In -exec {} + mode find invokes as many grep instances as xargs does, and the pipe has little overhead. What you really want is a recursive grep as originally posted by sitaram: grep -r --include="*.[ch]" TODO .
bwoodacre · 612 weeks and 3 days ago

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