Less a grep result, going directly to the first match in the first file

argv=("$@"); rest=${argv[@]:1}; less -JMN +"/$1" `grep -l $1 $rest`
Really useful way to combine less and grep while browsing log files. I can't figure out how to make it into a true oneliner so paste it into a script file called lgrep: Usage: lgrep searchfor file1 [file2 file3] Advanced example (grep for an Exception in logfiles that starts with qc): lgrep Exception $(find . -name "qc*.log")
Sample Output
      91 DomPEtlMotorServer1.log00110.gz:        at weblogic.work.ExecuteThread.execute(ExecuteThread.java:200)
      92 DomPEtlMotorServer1.log00110.gz:        at weblogic.work.ExecuteThread.run(ExecuteThread.java:172)
*     93 DomPEtlMotorServer1.log00110.gz:org.hibernate.PropertyValueException: not-null property references a null or transient value
      94 DomPEtlMotorServer1.log00110.gz:        at org.hibernate.engine.Nullability.checkNullability(Nullability.java:95)

By: lassel
2009-10-16 17:36:16

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