Find all files containing a word

find . -exec grep -l "sample" {} \;
Will find all files containing "sample" in the current directory and in the directories below.

By: whoami
2010-01-16 13:12:52

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What Others Think

The grep manpage is a decent guide to all that grep can do. To grep recursively, you don't need find about just grep -rl searchphrase . Even if you do stick with find, you want to replace \; with + if you can, since then many fewer grep processes will be launched and the search will likely be much faster.
bwoodacre · 562 weeks and 3 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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