Search for a string inside all files in the current directory

find . -type f -exec grep -i <pattern> \;
shorter typing with no need to use xargs.

2009-09-22 14:06:11

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you forgot the braces. Should be: find . -type f -exec grep -i <pattern> {} \;
sharfah · 630 weeks and 3 days ago
You may find that using xargs (or changing to find's "xargs mode" with -exec {} +) will be faster if you are grepping very many files though because it invokes grep as few times as possible.
bwoodacre · 630 weeks and 2 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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