grep is a command-line tool for searching text patterns in files

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Find all the modified svn files and copy files modified in the same folder structure

I get all the modified svn files using svn st | grep ^M command M student/includes/class_student_promotion.php M student/includes/class_student_report.php M ...
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Searching for terms that occur exactly once in a set of files

Similar to this question: Searching for terms in a set of files, only I expect each term to occur at least once in the set of files. How can I modify the search so that I can get a subset of the list ...
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grep randomly appearing and disappearing in ps aux (ps aux | grep python) [duplicate]

This isn't an actual problem - but more of a curious question, when I run while true; do ps aux | grep abc; echo done; done I get the following: user 29733 0.0 0.0 11748 924 pts/1 R+ ...
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Is `grep -P` (Perl/Python regex) portable on most linux distributions

I prefer (Perl/Python Compatible Regular Expressions) regular expressions. man grep: ...., but only work if pcre is available in the system Is this supported on the most common linux ...
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grep and print how many times my pattern in file 1 is present in file2

I have a file1 (list of my pattern) like this: file1 Fatty_acid_degradation Aminobenzoate_degradation Amino_sugar_and_nucleotide_sugar_metabolism Amoebiasis and I have a file2 (list of all the ...
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remove lines where a field's value is less than or equal to 3 - sed or awk?

I need to remove every line that has a value of 2 or less in the 8th field (column). My data looks like this: 12-31 Airport 189 379 41 49.70946503 -124.91377258 2 2880 30.8 01-01 ...
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How do I grep recursively through .gz files?

I am using a script to regularly download my gmail messages that compresses the raw .eml into .gz files. The script creates a folder for each day, and then compresses every message into its own file. ...
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grep. Find multiple AND patterns in any order using single condition

Is there any way to use grep to search for entry matching multiple patterns in any order using single condidion? As showed in How to run grep with multiple AND patterns? for multiple patterns i can ...
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Colorize line number in grep

Is there a way to colorize line numbers when using grep with the -n option? For example, echo "hello" | grep -n lo outputs 1:hello where lo is colorized in red (being the match). Can I configure ...
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Using grep in shell script

I have a text file which looks like this(I am showing few lines of it) INDEX : 1 snRNA_seq:TTTTGGAGCAGGGAGATGGAAT miRNA_seq:CTCCTGACTCCAGGTCCTGTGT target: ...
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Grep all string which do not starts with number(s)

I'm looking for grep to show all characters which do not starts with numbers. I have done something like this: grep -v '^[1-2]*[a-zA-Z]?' -o but it do not work. Do you have any idea for some reg ...
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What is the meaning of (^| )ABC( |$) as an extended REGEX ?

I came here across the command grep -E '(^| )ABC( |$)' file1 I am confused how to interpret the regular expression therein, because I know the ^ and $ character as beginning and end signifier, but in ...
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A batch that cout the number of occurrences

I've to extract the number of words using each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. The script that i've to create create take as parameter the name of the dictionary file to analyze and will be used ...
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How to grep exact word with only space as word separator

For Example: I have file like following: AA ABC-AA-AA AAA ABC-AA ABC.AA ABC AA ABC.A AA If I use grep -w "ABC" file1, I am getting all the lines. But I should only get 3rd line: ABC.AA ABC It is ...
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Match lines not ending with an specific character

I have been learning linux commands and got this error. My text is here: Fred apples 20 Susy oranges 12 Mark watermellons 12 Robert pears 4 Terry oranges 9 Lisa peaches 7 Egemen aaaa 12 Susy oranges ...
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Grep pattern inluding dashes and restricting to a filename extension

I am trying to use grep to find some tex files containing the pattern ->-: grep -R -- "->-" *.tex But this doesn't work. If I do: grep -R -- "->-" instead, it works, but is really slow ...
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Using 'grep' to search for a specific pattern [duplicate]

I'm playing with the Linux terminal and I have to do a exercise which states that I have to find inside a file for any line that contains at least an a, b and c, it doesn't matter it the lane has 2 a, ...
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Using The Grep Command

I have two simple questions regarding the use of the grep command that I'm sure that someone can help me with. What I want to do is: show the total lines (processes) running as me except for the ...
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How to find with grep lines that end in a certain string?

I know that to find a REGEX that ends in a certain string I have to write "string$". Although I tried the following variations of grep : cat foo | grep "string$", cat foo | egrep "string$", grep -E ...
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Why is this command not working: “ps aux | grep xscreensaver”

I didn't see any hits about this on google, so I'm asking you: I just tried to run this command in an ssh session, local is Debian Wheezy KDE, remote is Fedora 21 Gnome: ps aux | grep xscreensaver ...
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What regular expression in grep searches for strings of three same letters in a row?

I have a text file and I am using the grep command with a regular expression to get only the lines which contain three same successive letters, e.g.: aaa bbb ccc ddd What regular expression do I ...
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How do I use the regular pattern operator {m,n} in grep?

I have a text file, from which I need to select only those lines, which include the string "tt". So I tried this on the command line: grep "t{2}" textfile Allthough I know the textfile contains ...
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how do I find the location of mysql drivers on CentOS 7?

MariaDB is installed on a remote CentOS 7 server. How can I find the location of the nearest equivalent to mysql-connector-java-5.0.8.jar in the server's file system? grep seems to only search ...
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How to “grep” for line length in a given range?

I need to get only the lines from a textfile (a wordlist, separated with newline) that has a length range of minimum or equal than 3 characters, but not longer or equal then 10. Example: INPUT: ...
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Only grep for lines that only contain alphabetical characters

Question: How can I grep for lines that ONLY have the following characters (all in lowercase)? aábcdeéfghiíjklmnoóöőpqrstuúüűvwxyz example: INPUT: árvíztűrő tükörfúrógép árvíztűrő ...
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Run fgrep multicore mac os x

I'm running this command on my Mac OS X on 8 cores: for i in $(cat file1);do grep "$i" file2; done > output.txt My file2 is 9 million lines so it takes a lot of time. Is it possible to use all ...
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How to grep a line with unknown number of its indented lines

I often need to grep a line with its indented sections. For example, if the indented line number may be known, we would achieve this goal with the following: $ lspci -vq | grep -i wireless -B 1 -A 5 ...
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Regex for matchng anything between parenthesis

I have the following regex so far: printf "this is (test.com)\n" | grep -Po '(?<=\().*(?=\))' The above regex will print the desired output, which is test.com As far as I am adding new ...
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How to match multiple lines starting with a TAB, and the line before the 1st one in a group?

I've got some third party log files I'm trying to pull errors out of on the command line. The logs look like this: time=1 time=2 time=3 at com.test.com.... at com.test.com.... at ...
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grep --exclude-dir behaviour: a bug or a feature?

I have noticed an annoying change in grep -r --exclude-dir behaviour. Consider the following test: mkdir -p ./d1/d2 echo 'randomtext' > ./d1/d2/testfile grep -nr --exclude-dir ./d1/d2 ...
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How can I output sample rows from a .csv?

I'm doing a lot of data merge printing and would like to be able to output, say, 10 samples from a large database. My goal would be to extract the 10 rows spread evenly from the supplied .csv ...
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How to add a column if line contains string?

If I have a tab-delimited file containing the following lines: Sample1-Baboon 1 2 3 4 Sample2-Human 1 2 3 4 Sample3-Human 1 2 3 4 Sample4-Baboon 1 2 3 4 How can I add a new column ...
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Reading a string till a key word and replacing from there with another string

I am new to UNIX and am practising shell scripting. I have an application where I need string searching and replacement. There are some lines in a file 1 and file 2. I have a search key word. If the ...
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grep (/sed/awk) month range

I've looked around for solutions to this, but it's sort of difficult to search for the solution to such a specific problem (lot of words to put in Google). So, I have a file with data that looks like ...
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Script to `grep` a file with variable [duplicate]

while read wholeline do echo ${wholeline} --outputs John Jones #grab all the lines that begin with these values #grep '^John Jones' workfile2 --works, prints contents of workfile2 where the ...
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Multiple grep commands with sort

I have a text file containing a list of student grades: Andrew cooking A Andrew cooking B Andrew computing F Steven java C Steven python E Ben C++ D Ben python C Jamie java E Jamie C++ E Jamie C++ B ...
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Characters visible in vi, but not in cat.

I have a 300 lines file with ^@ character between each characters in the file. (I cannot post the entire contents for security reasons, so I am pasting only the first line) [mercury@app01 ftp_logs]$ ...
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Find which file contain a particular keyword using `grep`

Suppose I know I have to change myhostname = abc.domain.lcl to myhostname = abc.domain.glbl directive but I don't know in which file exactly the directive myhostname is in (i.e., say I have never ...
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Using 'grep' to find lines that contain all of three specified characters in any order [duplicate]

We have a document which contains lines and we have to find if [a|b|c] appears at least once in every line no matter which order. For example: Input: abc bca cab hhfdhdhfabjfdjdjff acjfdjdfjdf ...
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How to select specific sets or sturture from a file, if struture contains specific string?

I want to extract the sets with having specific string, for example: file abc.txt contains abc 123 abcd 1234 abcde 12345 abc 123 abcd 123 abcde 12345 abc 123 abcd 1234 abcde 12345 Now from the ...
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Grep command that finds/excludes all line where a separator character appears a certain number of times?

Is there a Unix utility to restrict a file or directory listing to given minimum and maximum number of levels deep? I have a git command which displays a unique listing of the directories where files ...
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How can I recursively grep through several directories at once?

I use grep -r all the time to find occurrences of a string within files in a given directory: $ grep -r "string" app/assets/javascripts > app/assets/javascripts/my_file.js: this line contains my ...
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Capture in shell variables the arguments after a command (between brackets)

Suppose I have a file that contains, among many other things, \command{arg1,arg2,arg3} (arguments been paths, expressed with /, ., characters and numbers) But that a user can as well call it ...
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is there a way to see a listing of packages ONLY from Debian-experimental?

I am on Debian testing/Jessie and I have debian-experimental as well as in my /etc/apt/sources.list. So I am looking to list packages in two ways :- a. List all the packages which are in ...
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Why does regex with \\$\{ work with egrep, but not with sed?

Given a text like this ./RFF_09 -f${FILE} -c${COND} inside a file, this egrep command will correctly match: egrep './RFF(.*) (.*)-c\\$\{COND\}' file but this sed command will not sed -n ...
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Problem with grep on multiple files and not getting desired output

I am using the below command on a file to extract few lines based on chr# ( different chromosome numbers). This is just a single file am working on. i have 8 such files and for each file I have to do ...
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How to use grep and cut in script to obtain website URLs from an HTML file

I am trying to use grep and cut to extract URLs from an HTML file. The links look like: <a href="http://examplewebsite.com/"> Other websites have .net, .gov, but I assume I could make the cut ...
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Regex pattern search for alternating character case

How would I pipe the ls through grep to have an alternating character case, as output? For example: I have files (1) aAbBaBbA, (2) bAbBaA, (3) bbAb,(4) AAaBbAa,(5) BBBaaa, and (6) aBaB. I want to ...
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Why does “grep '.*[s]' file” work and “grep .*[s] file” doesn't?

Comparing grep '.*[s]' file with grep .*[s] file Why do you need quotation marks to let this work properly? In the second case, grep seems trying to inspect every file with a period.
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How to return 0 if a pattern is matched from a file? [duplicate]

I have a binary that repacks android kernel (not mkbootimg). I'm making a script to automate the process. I don't want any output on the screen. So I have redirected the output to a file named ...