a find and replace within text-based files

find . -iname "FILENAME" -exec sed -i 's/SEARCH_STRING/REPLACE_STRING/g' {} \;
using find's exec option instead of a for loop and using sed's -i option for inplace replacement. no need to do the file swap.
Sample Output
Turns off all yum repos.
[root@blinky ~]# find /etc -iname "*.repo" -exec sed -i 's/enabled=1/enabled=0/g' {} \;
[root@blinky ~]# 

By: nanopino
2010-02-24 19:52:22

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What Others Think

sed can handle multiple input files. It's almost always a win to use -exec ... {} + instead of {} \; if your version of find supports it, and the command you're exec'ing can accept multiple input file arguments. Then, if you have many files and/or the files are small, the find&replace will likely go much faster.
bwoodacre · 582 weeks 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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