Can any one tell me the technical difference between
fgrep and provide a suitable example?
When do I need to use
egrep and vice versa?
Historically these switches were provided in separate binaries. On some really old Unix systems you will find that you need to call the separate binaries, but on all modern systems the switches are preferred. The man page for grep has details about this.
As for what they do,
Here are some example scenarios:
From "man grep":
Error messages might differ though.
egrep is the same as grep -E. fgrep is the same as grep -F. Direct invocation as either egrep or fgrep is deprecated, but is provided to allow historical applications that rely on them to run unmodified.
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