grep (or anything else) many files with multiprocessor power

find . -type f | parallel -j+0 grep -i foobar
Parallel does not suffer from the risk of mixing of output that xargs suffers from. -j+0 will run as many jobs in parallel as you have cores. With parallel you only need -0 (and -print0) if your filenames contain a '\n'. Parallel is from

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Have you done some tests to estimate the gain ? I haven't a multiprocessor computer but I not totally convinced. I think find command is more limited by disk rate than by cpu, but I could be wrong.
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It is very dependent on file system whether it is faster. But if the files are cached (e.g. if you just searched for another string), then it is definitely faster.
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