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

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extract the characters before () using grep

I need to extract the characters before the character '('. My file structure is: rose(good)ook daisy()no lilly(bad)fine sunflower()nice I need output file as in the form of: rose ...
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Remove the string before the whitespace

I want to remove a word before the whitespace. My file structure is: ant tiger static rabbit lion dynamic monkey donkey I need the output as: ant tiger rabbit lion monkey donkey ...
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bash event not found trying to match and exclude parenthesis in grep

In a very long line I'll summarize with: (foo),(bar,baz(word,right),(end) I want to print only: (bar,baz(word,right To match the second parenthesis, I exclude the word that follows the ...
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How can I prevent 'grep' from showing up in ps results?

When I search for some process that doesn't exist, e.g. $ ps aux | grep fnord wayne 15745 0.0 0.0 13580 928 pts/6 S+ 03:58 0:00 grep fnord Obviously I ...
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Extract part of string using grep

I have 3 files in a directory MYO144064T MYO144064TA MYO144064TX Where the digits and 11th character will change. In my csh script, I want to extract the letters 'A' and 'X' probably using grep ...
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What's the difference between \b and \< in the grep command

In the man page of grep, I see The symbols \< and \> respectively match the empty string at the beginning and end of a word. The symbol \b matches the empty string at the edge of a ...
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bash find lines starting with string

I have a bunch of files and I want to find which one contains sequential lines starting with a certain string. For example for the following file : Aaaaaaaaaaaa Baaaaaaaaaaa Cxxxxxxxxx Cyyyyyyyyy ...
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echo keywords found

I'm trying to figure out which keywords are being found for [each] file in the script below. I tried adding echo $keywords and it just outputs every keyword. Code: keywords=("Alachua" "ALACHUA" ...
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make grep confirm all matches

I am writing a "unit test" for a bunch of .tex files and want to check for incorrect entity names, e.g. "Data Items" instead of "DataItems". Currently, I use grep to search for the incorrect ...
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Grep for range of numbers [duplicate]

How would you search a log file for a date range? Log file looks like this: 01/14 00:00:01 INFO: received connect request from 10.10.10.10 I need to condense the log to 10 minutes starting ...
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Grep searching for files which are not existing

I wanted to search for the text " Starting kernel" in a directory, so I did this: [root@xilinx petalinux-v2013.10-final]# grep -r "Starting kernel" grep: warning: tools/packagemanager/lib/i686: ...
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identifying words in file 1 and matching them to second file and printing them

I have two files as follows File 1 has list of Ids ram Tarah taikah jhdfklj File 2 has id=ram;*between*hkjhdswklf kjsdklhglshglkhgklsdgkhdfg id=taikah;jhdjfkhg**kjdfkjksfdjk ...
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How do I grep for multiple patterns?

I want to find all lines in several files that match one of two patterns. I tried to find the patterns I'm looking for by typing grep (foo|bar) *.txt but the shell interprets the | as a pipe and ...
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grep and directories containing spaces

I would like to search all files containing an association of strings (here the files should contain 'arthur' AND ('déni' OR 'deni') for instance) in a directory and subdirectories. After some search ...
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How to search '(+1)' character substring in a string

I want to search for (+1) in a string (which is a GDG dataset name to confirm if it is a GDG) and want to get a binary answer if it has (+1) as part of the string or not. Can some one please help?
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Can we make grep faster by indexing words in files? [duplicate]

Over a decade ago I imagined an improved version of grep that would use indexes to make recursive searching faster. I never got around to writing it, but I wonder if somebody else did! My original ...
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filter and count with grep in a single pass?

I am using grep at the end of a set of piped commands to filter some rows out of a file. Afterwards I will want to do some arithmetic based on the number of remaining rows. e.g. ...
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grep ipaddress in expect script

this is part of code, expect script and I have problem with greping ipaddress from file wich is assign to variable $filename.This is the code: #!/usr/local/bin/expect -- ###Made by Etihkru#### ...
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How to list backup files missing corresponding real files?

I accidentally deleted some files spread across my home directory, but I do not know exactly which ones were removed. How can I get a list of all backup files missing their corresponding file? ...
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Search for specified keywords in files and copy to a new filename based on the keyword

I'm trying to create an .sh script where if any keyword is found in a file then copy that file to the directory /pathtofolder/keywords/$thefirstkeywordfound (overwrite the file if it already exists). ...
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For all files that does not contain a string, prepend a string to the file

I am trying to iterate through a list of html files, check to see if {% load static from staticfiles %} exists in the file and if it does not exists, prepend {% load static from staticfiles %} to it. ...
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How to use restricted characters in egrep?

I'm trying to use a regex in egrep on Centos 5.10, based on the one I made from this question on SO. T12345 .{1,100}[\n\r].{1,100}2014.03.04 I can successfully match the regex to the content in my ...
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Is there any drawback to using “grep -E” instead of plain “grep”?

I understand that GNU grep without -E uses basic regex and that grep -E uses extended regex. Is there any harm in using grep -E even for situations that would work with plain grep?
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Compare two text files and find matching lines

I have two files A and B. A looks like this (4 to 6 lines): GAGA CAGA GGGT TATT file B is a really big file with thousands of lines, here is a short example: AAATGTCAAGAGACAGAAATGTCAAGAGGGT ...
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Egrep multiple strings in an XML file

I have a collection of XML files in a standard format that I'd like to search to see if they match two strings. Here is the idea: <ELEMENT1>Dave</ELEMENT> ...
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how to make alias to make grep command shorter [duplicate]

In my coding, I always do grep -rnIi "abcabc" . --color But, how to make an alias that can let me type only one word with my search string? Is that possible?
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What's the most efficient way to grep for two completely separate things and assign the values to separate variables?

CentOS 6.x I want to take the output from curl, grep for two completely separate strings, and assign their respective values as variables. What is the most efficient way to do this (without writing ...
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Using grep to find first two numbers of IP addresses?

I'm trying to figure out how to use grep to pull out only the first two numbers of an IP address in a list. I've got a routine that is isolating the log entires (from Exim) that I need, now I just ...
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Redirect grep error output to file

I wanted to capture to a file the errors being returned on the command line from grep. For example, grep foo.lookup No such file in directory I want to output that to a log file. This is my shell ...
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How to extract submatches from a string and write those to a file?

I want to parse a string for specific submatches and output those - one submatch per line - into a file. Essentially I would like to extract the value of each href-attribute: $ cat Fin <a ...
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Why pidof and pgrep are behaving differently?

I have a init script in /etc/init.d/myservice for initialize a service like this: ... start() { ... daemon /usr/sbin/myservice ... } stop() { ... pgrep myservice pidof myservice ps -ef ...
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Emacs temp dot hash file don't exist

I use find | xargs grep a lot when working on large source code and when I didn't save a file in Emacs it creates .#SomeFile and grep give error that there's not such file (I'm not including because ...
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How to match stream against white-list and black-list?

How can I duplicate a pipe stream (output from another program) so that for every line, I can check whether it matches independent regular expressions (ideally, reuse a grep command with options like ...
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How can I use grep to search a file for string combinations?

What I'm trying to do is use grep to search my Apache logs. What I want is to find is every entry from a certain IP address that also has .html or .php in the line. In other words, I want to see what ...
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Regex for all 10 letter words, with unique letters

I am trying to write a regex that will display all words that are 10 characters long, and none of the letters are repeating. So far, I have got grep --colour -Eow '(\w{10})' Which is the very ...
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Grep files excluding few files names

I have a folder who have files names according to date for one month i.e. AP_20140101.gz, AP_20140102.gz, ... for each day. Here 2014 is year, 01 is month and 01 is date (AP_YYYYMMDD.gz is general ...
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Limiting grep search

Please help! Must use grep for this assignment. Must control grep function to search for a string strictly in a given field (Sadly no delimiters) Search field is characters 12-26. Must check if user ...
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My grep (GNU grep) 2.5.1 does not obey backslash character and special expression

I'm trying to follow a section in The GNU Grep Manual but my expression isn't working. Is it my grep version? Red Hat 5.5. $ rm file $ echo 'hello world' > file $ grep 'hello world' file hello ...
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grep command giving error

I am using grep to filter out the contents on some patterns(genes in my case). For more info,here is the earlier link. Find pattern from one file listed in another My code(should work) but is not. ...
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How to show CPU time for processes via top without 'root' procs

Okay, So I've been attempting this for about three hours now without success. How do you search/display/use the top command (or ps command if it works...) to output a list of all procs, sorted by CPU ...
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How can I open a file that results from grep?

I often grep a bunch of files to find a line, and then grep returns one result. Rather than copying and pasting the filename into a new command, I'd like to be able to open that one result with an ...
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grep for strings that were found in a previous statement

I'm trying to find out if an address definition is used inside of fortigate configuration file. I extracted the section out of the configuration file, that contains the addresses. In that section the ...
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extract only the substring after double quotes - grep

I have a file which is as below. <a href="http://firstlink.com" title="title1"> <a href="http://secondlink.com" title="title2"> <a href="http://thirdlink.com" title="title3"> <a ...
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Use Unix tools to look for a definition block in an XML.

I am using an XML that has definitions in this form - <definition name="ticketOpen" extends="ticketUpdate"> <put name="title" value="Open Ticket" /> <put name="mainForm" ...
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Find pattern from one file listed in another

I want to find patterns that are listed in one file and find them in other file. The second file has those patterns separated by commas. for e.g. first file F1 has genes ENSG00000187546 ...
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Lynx incremental search

I am trying to run an incremental search using lynx. Imagine a page, for example, an index_of page which contains several folders which also contain other subfolders and files. I want to run lynx in ...
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How to generate a report summary of messages that triggered a specific DSN code

I use Sendmail on CENTOS 5.x, I hope this is a simple question. =) I need to generate a report summary of messages that triggered a specific DSN code. For example: Jan 11 07:43:34 server-example ...
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exit code of grep in trap where the script is launched by upstart service

recently I encountered a problem in ubuntu upstart and trap in bash shell. I use ubuntu 12.04 the upstart script(/etc/init/player.conf) is: start on (local-filesystems and runlevel [2345]) stop on ...
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how do i redirect output from tailf & grep to a file [duplicate]

All I wanted is to grep for specific lines in an ongoing log and re-direct it to some file.. tailf log | grep "some words" Now, I want the above command output to get re-directed to some file in ...
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Display column that has a specific string

Content of a sample file is as follow: AA BB CC DD BB 1 2 3 4 9 5 6 7 8 10 I want to display the whole columns that contain BB and DD. In the real case, I do not know which columns contain ...