Find files in multiple TAR files

find . -type f -name "*.tar" -printf [%f]\\n -exec tar -tf {} \; | grep -iE "[\[]|<filename>"
A quick find command to identify all TAR files in a given path, extract a list of files contained within the tar, then search for a given string in the filelist. Returns to the user as a list of TAR files found (enclosed in []) followed by any matching files that exist in that archive. TAR can easily be swapped for JAR if required.
Sample Output
[andrew.taylor@localhost ~]$ find . -type f -name "*.tar" -printf [%f]\\n -exec tar -tf {} \; | grep -iE "[\[]|configuration"
[tar2.tar]
Platform_Configuration_Guide.pdf
Product_Management_Configuration_Guide.pdf
[tar1.tar]
WMS_Configuration_Guide.pdf
[tar3.tar]
Reverse_Logistics_Configuration_Guide.pdf

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2011-01-06 13:01:38

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