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

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What are alternative tools for searching files in full content?

I realized that most of the text related tools I use, grep/egrep/awk/sed are line-oriented. I guess that is a simplified approach to search in files but I was wondering if there is another set of ...
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Implementation Logic [closed]

I have two files,which is something like this: file1 msgid "New" msgstr "" dsvhuvchvdhcvhc msgid "Old" msgstr "hsvhs" kdnvcjdbvj msgid "Bold" msgstr "" file2 dcbjdsbc msgid "New" msgstr "Alas" ...
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Help on editing a script using grep and sed

First I'm new to unix so excuse my simple question, also be aware that I work on AIX. I have a lot of sql files that contains the following string: ${DB_USERNAME}.${TABLE_NAME} Can anyone please ...
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Need to grep for specific lines from ongoing log and save it in some file

So, let me start with the overall outcome that i want to achieve. There is just one log, which will have info on certain devices, that i am upgrading. I use "tailf log" to monitor the log. Now, ...
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pcregrep fails due to segmentation fault

I am extracting the HTML source of a web page using the below command. curl http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ramesh-venkataraman/63/621/b42 -s | w3m -dump -T text/html > foo.txt The foo.txt has the ...
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counting multiple patterns in a single pass with grep?

I've written a grep loop to iteratively count DNA trinucleotides within a gzipped DNA fasta file containing DNA sequences e.g. declare -a tri=(AAA AAC AAG AAT CAA .. etc) for i in ${tri[@]} do ...
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How to find a file in Linux with its path?

I am trying to find settings.xml file in my Ubuntu machine. I have no clue where it is, and which directory it is in. I tried using this - ls -R | grep settings.xml But it doesn't show me the ...
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grep to ignore patterns

I am extracting URLs from a website using cURL as below. curl www.somesite.com | grep "<a href=.*title=" > new.txt My new.txt file is as below. <a href="http://website1.com" ...
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grep command in curl

I am trying to extract some URLs from a web page using cURL command. Initially, I use the cURL command as below. curl www.website.com/ Now, the website contains links to some other websites which ...
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grepping foo and bar

I am looking for a command options for grep to find files with the occurences of foo and bar. Grepping with grep -r -e foo -e bar . shows files which have only foo or only bar and files which ...
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sed or grep to get only the values without numbers

I have a file like below. 1. VMware ESX 2. SCCM 3. Healthcare Information Technology 4. vSphere 5. Citrix Metaframe 6. IT Service Management 7. ITIL 8. Active Directory 9. Project Portfolio ...
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grep to extract substrings in a string

I have an output for a command as below. Heading1 I am one value. I am another value. I am third value. Heading2 I am some value. I am someother value. I am new value. Heading3 ...
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grep for capital words

I have a file that has declarations in it with capital words, something like: public final Foo BAR; these declarations are not all uniform. Is there a way for me to grep out just the capital ...
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find/grep outputs two lines for each file it finds match

I search my code base to find string patterns and list all the files where the pattern is found but only the file and not the lines on which it is found: find . -name *.java -exec grep -l 'someText' ...
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Using empty line as context “group-separator” for grep

I need grep output with context, in color, and blank lines as group separator. In this question, I learned how to define custom group-separator, and I have constructed my grep command like this: grep ...
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Restricting grep's --color option to the interactive shell

I have the following variable I want to set to make grep behave a certain way: GREP_OPTIONS=--color=always The problem is, I only want this environment variable to be set on the command line. I ...
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Exclude files that have very long lines of text from grep output

I often run grep commands to find things in my code, but the problem with web projects is that there will often be compressed JavaScript and CSS files which create one huge line of text, so that if a ...
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Grep from the end of a file to the beginning

I have a file with about 30.000.000 lines (Radius Accounting) and I need to find the last match of a given pattern. The command: tac accounting.log | grep $pattern gives what I need, but it's too ...
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How to do max-depth search in ack and grep?

Is there any way to tell ack to only search for text on the current folder? (or specify a max-depth level?) And with grep?
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Why does grep treat '[D]ebug' string differently?

I've created simple text file named "T" to test the unusual behavior of grep: 1 Debug 2 debug 3 determined 4 Determined Tried different syntax: $ grep De T 1 Debug ...
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How can I “grep” patterns across multiple lines?

It seems I am misusing grep/egrep. I was trying to search for strings in multiple line and could not find a match while I know that what I'm looking for should match. Originally I thought that my ...
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How much text does grep/egrep consume each time?

I'm confused on grep/egrep. These tools match a single line I think? In some cases I have heard "logical" line. Questions Is it correct to assume that essentially grep/egrep always processes a ...
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Awk/grep/sed get comma separated list of numbers from lines of text

I have a log file that has lines that look like this: blah blah blah Photo for (702049679 - blah blah blah Now I know I could get all the lines like that from the file by doing: grep "Photo for" ...
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grep for string like xxx12345

I have 64 processes running that have the following string pbs_mom -m -M 1234 -R 5678 -A foo12345 -c /var/spool/torque/mom_priv/login_config I need to search and extract just foo12345 always ...
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How can I assign the result of a command to a shell variable?

I want to assign the result of an expression to a variable and concatenate it with a string, then echo it. Here's what I've got: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Desktop; thefile= ls -t -U | grep -m 1 "Screen Shot"; ...
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Move line from output to the front of output or custom reordering

I have a command find "$PWD" -name __openerp__.py|awk -F/ -vOFS=/ 'NF-=2'|sort -u and I want to take a certain line containing /web/addons and push it to the front of output then do the same with ...
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How do I check that a filename conforms to a pattern?

I'm tasked with writing a shell script which checks that a filename conforms to a specific pattern and I'm not sure how to go about it. The filename should follow a pattern which looks like: ...
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using grep --perl-regexp

this is a sample output of ls $ ls -lAF -rw------- 1 martin martin 168 Jan 25 23:26 aaa -rw------- 1 martin martin 168 Jan 25 23:26 bbb -rw------- 1 martin martin 168 Jan 25 23:26 ccc I would ...
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Sed / Awk - Find string exactly n characters long

Looking through the man pages for sed, awk and grep, I'm unable to find a way to search for a string that is exactly n characters long. Given the following text file, I want to extract just ...
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Using Modifiers of Perl-compatible Regex (PCRE) in grep

According to grep --help and man grep, we can use the -P option in order to interpret the pattern as a Perl regular expression (PCRE, to be precise), instead of the default POSIX basic regular ...
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A shell script to write selected fields to a single line

I have a log file trace.log which prints the time stamp, thread name and Transaction method and transaction ID as below. 2014-01-23 15:50:41,724 [catalina-exec-35] INFO TRANSACTION getConnection ...
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grep to find instances of “Foo” where “Bar” does not appear within 10 lines

Suppose I want to search an entire tree for all CPP files where "Foo" occurs. I might do: find . -name "*.cpp" | xargs grep "Foo" Now suppose I want to list only those instances where some other ...
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Can someone clarify this Bash script

I'm learning something about Bash scripting, and I came across this example: The task is to write a Bash script that reads a file, given with the first argument, pulls out those records that have the ...
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Why is my grep + regex not working?

I recently decided that enough was enough -- I was going to learn to use grep fluently. It's been all of three hours and I'm already stumped by this toy problem. I'm currently syncing a RAID5 array, ...
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grep string from contents of file command then delete file

I have a peculiar problem I need help with. I have a large batch of .docx files where a certain number of them are junk. I know how to identify these files from the file command, as they contain the ...
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find + grep to match exact keywords in a file

My script is not matching exact words only. Example: 12312312Alachua21321 or Alachuas would match for Alachua. KEYWORDS=("Alachua" "Gainesville" "Hawthorne") IFS=$'\n' find . -size +1c -type f ! ...
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How do I grep a file in a smb mount point without using mount or fstab?

I don't have permission to mount a smb share with the mount command or by using /etc/fstab, but I'm able to use the smb protocol in Nautilus (smb://10.1.1.1/share), for example ... s Is it possible to ...
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help with truncate \ find

This command won't work: $ truncate -s 0 $(find . -size +1c type -f -exec grep -LwE 'keyword1|keyword2|keyword3' {} +) "find: paths must precede expression: type Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] ...
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Using wget and grep to download HTML pages and filter by keywords

KEYWORDS=("dolphins" "fish" "dogs" "cats" "iguanas") IFS=$'\n' find . -type f -size +1c ! -exec grep -qF "${KEYWORDS[*]}" {} \; -exec truncate -s 0 -f {} \; If a file is over 1 byte, search for ...
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test if return true if grep on output has string in one line

I just want to return true or false if a service is running. Here is where I'm at, not first try or last but current at writing: service iptables status | grep -qi "not running" The sdtout for ...
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Mac OS X find/grep generating “unknown --devices option”

I am entering a command I have done often with Linux, Unix perfectly fine but with Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (and probably before) I get a grep: unknown --devices option when I attempt to run the following ...
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Number of files not containing given string

I read the question about how to find out the number of files that contain a certain string. This is possible with grep -l "string" * | wc -l. Is it possible to invert this, finding the number of ...
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Print the string between two parentheses

I have file with these lines G8 = P(G1,G3) G9 = P(G3,G4) G12 = P(G2,G9) G15 = P(G9,G5) G16 = P(G8,G12) G17 = P(G12,G15) I need the output as G1,G3 G3,G4 ..... How can I do it with sed/grep ...
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Convince grep to output all lines, not just those with matches

Say I have the following file: $ cat test test line 1 test line 2 line without the search word another line without it test line 3 with two test words test line 4 By default, grep returns each ...
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Grep perl syntax and copyright character

I am trying to pull some links out of text that I downloaded of off the internet using grep, but keep getting "Aborted (core dumped)". When using grep I tend to use -P as I prefer to use perl syntax ...
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What is the difference between `grep`, `egrep`, and `fgrep`?

Can any one tell me the technical difference between grep and egrep, and fgrep and provide a suitable example? When do I need to use grep over egrep and vice versa?
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How to bury an invisible mark into lines of text?

How can I bury an invisible mark into random lines of text? Such a mark has to be there, though it will be invisible to someone reading that text printed out on the console. I want to identify those ...
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Grep and sort several unsorted things in several lines (in one document)

I have a file with several unsorted things in one line which I want to put into a new file This is an example of part of the file I have: X1314448: SaMi|SM_g2554.t1 SaMi|SM_g5072.t1 Des|Des_g3808.t1 ...
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Copy content of an file “passwd” to an file userlist.txt [closed]

The problem is that the file passwd hasn't got any tag like .txt or so. So I can't copy the content by passed > userlist.txt.
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Pipeline with grep and find prints numbers infront of result

Am using the following "find" command to extract some files, find /lag/cnnf/ -maxdepth 3 -newer ./start ! -newer ./end | grep -nri abc | egrep '([^0-9]45[^0-9])' | grep -nri "db.tar.gz" >> ...