search for a pattern (regex) in all text files (ignoring binary files) in a directory tree

egrep -i "somepattern" `find . -type f -print`

2009-12-02 16:00:46

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What Others Think

This will only work on relatively short results from "find" or you will get too many arguments to egrep. Use xargs to call egrep for directory trees where there may be many results from the "find" command.
drewk · 602 weeks and 5 days ago
anything wrong with egrep -r?
alesplin · 602 weeks and 4 days ago

What do you think?

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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