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

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How to start multi-threaded grep in terminal?

I've a folder which has 250+ files of 2 GB each. I need to search for a string/pattern in those files and output the result in output file. I know, I can run following command, but it is too slow!! ...
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How can I grep in PDF files?

Is there a way to search pdf files using the power of grep, without converting to text first in Ubuntu?
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Find repository names from gitolite info output

How do I extract the names from the gitolite info command output, for further piping into a script? I'm writing a migration script to migrate all my repositories from gitolite to a Gitlab server. ...
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Filter grep output

Using grep "val" index.php I get the list <td class=val> 7.6</td> <td class=val> 58</td> <td class=val>1013.8 </td> <td class=val> 1020 </td> <td ...
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Filtering multi-lines from a log

Should this question be moved to stackoverflow instead? I often need to read log files generated by java applications using log4j. Usually, a logged message (let's call it a log entry) spans over ...
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grep with regular expression

I want to match all the lines that are of the below pattern in a file using grep. Abc::xyz() [18-Feb-15 12:09:16] I came up with below regex with grep , but it is not returning match. Please help ...
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Anchors not working with grep

I am trying to do an extended grep on Android logs. However, I am not able to match the anchors for it. Here's my query - grep -A 25 -E 'show\(authenticated = ...
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Why can't I pipe to ack?

So I've been trying to use grep to extract some stuff from a Mercurial log and trying to avoid using awk just to see if I can get by without it here, and failing because neither grep nor egrep support ...
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How to find a space in a text. using grep?

How to grep one space in text ? cat a.txt| grep ' ' or cat a.txt| grep '\s '
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Find the files between two folder dates in linux?

I need to find the folder names along with the file names which has my string in their contents. I am in this directory "/data/queue/data" and I have lot of folders in the same directory and inside ...
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How can you move (or copy) all files of a certain type to a directory in Unix?

I'm not very familiar with all the tricks of grep/find/awk/xargs quite yet. I have some files matching a particular pattern, say *.xxx. These files are in random places throughout a certain ...
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Using the grep filter

I have a text file with the name "hello.txt" that contains the following two lines: Hello WORLD! Hallo world! When I wrote the following grep -i h[ae]llo hello.txt in the terminal, the output ...
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Using fixed strings in regular expressions?

I am writing a bash script which accepts a list of CSV files as arguments and outputs e-mail addresses only found in the first file. To accomplish this, for each record in the first CSV file I look ...
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grep two searched words

I could search lines that contain two specific words using the following in multiple files: for f in $(ls *.txt); do echo ">"$f; more $f | grep word1 | grep word2 done Now, I want to write a ...
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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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List all regular files containing (in their name, directory or their content) a specific (sub)string

Like in the title, and also I want to print the number of the line in each (text) file where the substring occurs. So far I have: find /sys | grep "filesystem" But it appears to only look at the ...
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Why am I getting “invalid max count” from grep in an alias?

So the idea is to create an alias that will search my alias's for me. I have quite a few. dude@gnarleybox:~$ grep alg .bash_aliases.sh alias alg='alias | grep ' dude@gnarleybox:~$ alias | grep alg ...
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how to grep for specific time period in a log

We work with log files that have line entries that start with a date/time format such as this: 20150408 13:29:28 <rest of text> What would I need to do in order to grep for a date range? Say ...
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Using egrep in Bash

I'm taking a UNIX course atm, and I've got a newb question. In the following code, I'm getting an error and I'm not sure why: [name@unix ~]$cat test123 123 456 789 1011 1213 [name@unix ~]$egrep ...
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Why does not changing changing LC_ALL from utf to C speed up my grep?

I wanted to try to speed up my already fast grep. I read that changing lc_all from utf to c was supposed to do this. However, it gives no speedup. What might the reasons be? How do I "debug" this? ...
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grep: Syntax error near unexpected token `('

I have this problem: I'm looking for a string inside file . Syntax is: grep -E ‘( ^ | [[:space:]] )[A-Z]{2}[[:digit:]]{2}((- | [[:space:]] )[[:alnum:]]{4}) {3} ’ (filename) When I run this ...
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What is the email matching regex in basic regex for grep?

I created a text file and put some email addresses in it. Then I used grep to find them. Indeed it worked: # pattern="^[a-zA-Z0-9]+@[a-zA-Z0-9]+\.[a-z]{2,}" # grep -E $pattern regexfile but only as ...
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Find all the PHP scripts with email in my postfix mail queue

How do I find all the scripts that have mail sitting in my postfix mail queue? This server is sending out spam and I've spot checked it, but I want to make sure I haven't missed any scripts that may ...
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How to run multiple AND in grep command [duplicate]

I'm trying to run multiple AND combination in grep command, I was able to run using two patterns: grep -E 'pattern1.*pattern2' filename Is it possible to use three or four patterns using the above ...
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Finding files that contain multiple strings

I am trying to find scripts that contain common malicious code, I need to match multiple strings within each file. What I am using is working but am not sure why I get the following in the output: # ...
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Strange behaviour of “ls -a | grep ^\.”

I wanted to list the content of a pwd and display only file starting with dot. I tried ls -a | grep ^\. but I cannot figure out why the output contains also the files which do not start with dot. For ...
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Print unmatched patterns, using grep with patterns from file

patterns.txt: "BananaOpinion" "ExitWarning" "SomeMessage" "Help" "Introduction" "MessageToUser" Strings.xml <string name="Introduction">One day there was an apple that went to the ...
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extract from line to line and then save to separate file

I tried my luck with grep and sed but somehow I don't manage to get it right. I have a log file which is about 8 GB in size. I need to analyze a 15 minute time period of suspicious activity. I ...
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Grep: Show all the file up to the match

grep --before-context 5 shows 5 lines before the match. I want to show everything before the match. Doing grep --before-context 99999999 would work but it is not very... professional. How to show ...
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What makes grep consider a file to be binary?

I have some database dumps from a Windows system on my box. They are text files. I'm using cygwin to grep through them. These appear to be plain text files; I open them with text editors such as ...
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string search using awk

I have file-1 which has list of transaction id . File -1 201503301616|9b8791b3-f860-409f-aad0-24debf834c1b|10.233.18.29.677220869928387637969 ...
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awk & grep to search for all strings in file1 on file2 where strings can have pipe [duplicate]

Please ignore - this post is a duplicate of this one. I have file-1 which has list of transaction id . File -1 ...
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Grep a specific word in a single string with repetitions

How can I grep a specific word in a single string that contains repetitions? For example : Apple_1 Apple_1_Test Juice_2 Juice_2_H If I use grep -Eo 'Apple_1' I get two results (because of two ...
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Extract first word after pattern that includes `[…]`

I have an issue when I try to extract the first word after grep matches my pattern . Let me show you an example : cat test.txt [profile dev] xxx xxx [profile prod] xxx xxx now I want to extract ...
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How to perform grep onto the output of ldd properly ?

# ldd /usr/bin/ffmpeg linux-vdso.so.1 => (0x00007ffffc1fe000) libavfilter.so.0 => not found libpostproc.so.51 => not found libswscale.so.0 => not found ...
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Is there a way to grep a folder and show all lines containing non-ascii characters?

Some code I am working with has a bunch of comments written in Japanese and I am working on translating them to English. Is there some way to "grep" for all lines containing Japanese characters or at ...
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grep or find a pattern in all directories [duplicate]

I have an account number 1234-5678, I am trying to find it in all files of directories. I used the below command but no result found. grep "1234-5678" */ Please can someone help me how to find it in ...
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ack.pl tool and ack.pl flags

I am using the ack.pl tool in order to search string or IP’s in files The official site of ack.pl is - http://beyondgrep.com/documentation/ Example of ack.pl CLI ( want to find the string ...
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How to grep the n-th substring between given delimiters?

Let's say we have a string and its delimiter is ?: Leslie Cheung April 1 ? Elvis August 16 ? Leonard Nimoy February 27 I know how to grep the first substring between delimiters: echo $above_string ...
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grep behaving abnormally

grep is behaving different when letter a is being searched. when letter a is included in search criteria, it is not searching for any other letter. But it is not the same case with other characters. ...
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grep log lines of a specific id request

So, I have the following log sample: 2015-03-30 10:19:44,200 DEBUG [Default : 1] [Application:ABC BIW: IDA:6d87de8e-1276-4496-b49d-dd4cd375cbe4 Info:P23 Code:ABCD] A log message 1 2015-03-30 ...
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How to print an element from the corresponding immediate next column after searching the element in the current column?

I have thousands of lines as seen in the following list. file name = "textfile" 3 2 3 1 4 7 5 8 6 8 9 8 8 9 4 7 3 9 2 3 4 4 9 2 2 2 0 9 4 0 0 9 8 2 4 0 I have to search a particular element – ...
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grep with count of individual patterns

I have a file with MAC addresses (1/line with : as separator, sorted) and I need to find out how many times each of these MAC addresses appears in the file. I modified this: How to count occurrences ...
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Parsing C Style Multiline Comment

I want to filter non-commented javascript with sed and output the line number Here is the example: /*! * jQuery UI 1.8.17 * * Copyright 2011, AUTHORS.txt (http://jqueryui.com/about) * Dual ...
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Print total free memory from `free -m`

free -m currently puts out something like this. I would like to know using grep/awk how we can get the total free amount. i.e. 9083
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pgrep and pkill alternatives on mac os x?

Are there alternatives to pgrep and pkill commands on Mac OS X or should I just create aliases for them using other commands available for me?
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How can I extract the text between two strings in a log file?

I think I have a very similar question to this one but I see it was closed due to being unclear so I'll create a new question. I've got a log file that contains one-line entries with multiple ...
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Is it possible to get static backreference with grep?

I try to match a a group twice in multiline. grep -Pz 'Source: (?<group>.*/).*\n.*\n.*\n.*\k<group>|$' it work except one major problem - it doesn't, \k<group> search for .*/ and ...
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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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Why is “grep keyword” causing the terminal to stand by forever?

When I type "grep doc" in the terminal, it just don't do anything, stopping the terminal from doing anything else before I escape using Ctrl+C or Z. I know this isn't how I'm supposed to use grep, ...