Edit all files found having a specific string found by grep

find . -type f -exec grep -qi 'foo' {} \; -print0 | xargs -0 vim
Make sure that find does not touch anything other than regular files, and handles non-standard characters in filenames while passing to xargs.

By: arcege
2009-09-03 17:55:26

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What Others Think

doesn't work on native Solaris e.g., as "-print0" is not supported for find, neither is "-0" for xargs.
verboEse · 663 weeks and 4 days ago
In Emacs, it is just `M-x rgrep'.
ashawley · 662 weeks and 4 days ago
This definately works: grep -l -r "string" | xargs -I {} vi {}
tusharty · 604 weeks and 5 days ago
tusharty, I believe the grep command is missing something. Your command doesn't work on Ubuntu, Redhat, Fedora.
arcege · 604 weeks and 2 days ago

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