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

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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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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 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 don'...
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Can grep output only specified groupings that match?

Say I have a file: # file: 'test.txt' foobar bash 1 bash foobar happy foobar I only want to know what words appear after "foobar", so I can use this regex: "foobar \(\w\+\)" The parenthesis ...
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Is there a basic tutorial for grep, awk and sed? [closed]

I've been a Linux user for a while, and I've a pretty decent understanding of most the common command line utilities. However, ones that come up and up again in relation to programming are grep, awk, ...
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How can I count the number of lines of a file with common tools?

I am redirecting grep results to a file, and then using cat to show its contents on the screen. I want to know how many lines of results I have in my results file and then add it to some counter. ...
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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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Count total number of occurrences using grep

grep -c is useful for finding how many times a string occurs in a file, but it only counts each occurence once per line. How to count multiple occurences per line? I'm looking for something more ...
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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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How do I pass a list of files to grep

I am using find and getting a list of files I want to grep through. How do I pipe that list to grep?
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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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Why is egrep [wW][oO][rR][dD] faster than grep -i word?

I've been using grep -i more often and I found out that it is slower than its egrep equivalent, where I match against the upper or lower case of each letter: $ time grep -iq "thats" testfile real ...
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How to grep standard error stream (stderr)?

I am using ffmpeg to get the meta info of an audio clip. But I am unable to grep it. $ ffmpeg -i 01-Daemon.mp3 |grep -i Duration FFmpeg version SVN-r15261, Copyright (c) 2000-2008 Fabrice ...
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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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Why doesn't grep ignore binary files by default?

The manpage for grep describes the -I flag as follows: -I Ignore binary files. This option is equivalent to --binary-file=without-match option. It also says this about binary files: --binary-...
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Reverse grepping

Let's say, I have a really big text file (about 10.000.000 lines). I need to grep it from the end and save result to a file. What's the most efficient way to accomplish task?
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Is there a way to modify a file in-place?

I have a fairly large file (35Gb), and I would like to filter this file in situ (i.e. I don't have enough disk space for another file), specifically I want to grep and ignore some patterns — is there ...
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Can grep return true/false or are there alternative methods

I'm trying to write this script for an assignment - it's only the second one I've written so bear with me. As a part of this script, I need to be able to check if the first argument given matches ...
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Return only the portion of a line after a matching pattern

So pulling open a file with cat and then using grep to get matching lines only gets me so far when I am working with the particular log set that I am dealing with. It need a way to match lines to a ...
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How to search text throughout entire file system?

Assuming that the grep tool should be used, I'd like to search for the text string "800x600" throughout the entire file system. I tried: grep -r 800x600 / but it doesn't work. What I believe my ...
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Does grep use a cache to speed up the searches?

I have noticed that subsequent runs of grep on the same query (and also a different query, but on the same file) are much faster than the first run (the effect is easily noticeable when searching ...
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grep: memory exhausted

I was doing a very simple search: grep -R Milledgeville ~/Documents And after some time this error appeared: grep: memory exhausted How can I avoid this? I have 10GB of RAM on my system and few ...
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Pipe to multiple files in the shell

I have an application which will produce a large amount of data which I do not wish to store onto the disk. The application mostly outputs data which I do not wish to use, but a set of useful ...
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How to pipe the result of a grep search into a new vi file

I'm using grep -e Peugeot -e PeuGeot carlist.txt to search through carlist.txt and pull out some items and I presumed that grep -e Peugeot -e PeuGeot carlist.txt | vi would pipe it through for me but ...
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Recursive grep vs find / -type f -exec grep {} \; Which is more efficient/faster?

Which is more efficient for finding which files in an entire filesystem contain a string: recursive grep or find with grep in an exec statement? I assume find would be more efficient because you can ...
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How to run grep with multiple AND patterns?

I would like to get the multi pattern match with implicit AND between patterns, i.e. equivalent to running several greps in a sequence: grep pattern1 | grep pattern2 | ... So how to convert it to ...
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What is a “loop device” when mounting?

I am doing a mounting of an iso file and looking at this tutorial. They use the command: $ mount -o loop disk1.iso /mnt/disk I'm trying to understand the use of -o loop. So I have two questions: ...
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Multicolored Grep

I'm trying to get each grep command to highlight it's results in a different color. I can do it manually with a line like this: ls -l GREP_COLORS='mt=01;32' grep c | GREP_COLORS='mt=01;31' grep o | ...
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How to read first and last line from cat output?

I have text file. Task - get first and last line from file after $ cat file | grep -E "1|2|3|4" | commandtoprint $ cat file 1 2 3 4 5 Need this without cat output (only 1 and 5). ~$ cat file | ...
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What's the point in redirecting output of grep to /dev/null?

Consider this line: ${libdir}/bin/licenseTool check "${SERIAL}" "${VERSION}" "${PRODUCT}" ${libdir} | grep '^200' >/dev/null What's the point of looking for the pattern in the output if the ...
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How can I assign the output 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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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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How to print all lines after a match up to the end of the file?

Input file1 is: dog 123 4335 cat 13123 23424 deer 2131 213132 bear 2313 21313 I give the match the pattern from in other file ( like dog 123 4335 from file2). I match the pattern of the line ...
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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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Piping from grep to awk not working

I am trying to grep the ongoing tail of file log and get the nth word from a line. Example file: $ cat > test.txt <<EOL Beam goes blah John goes hey Beam goes what? John goes forget it Beam ...
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How to show lines after each grep match until other specific match?

I know that by using the "-A NUM" switch I can print specific number of trailing lines after each match. I am just wondering if it's possible to print trailing lines until a specific word is found ...
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grep inside less?

I'm currently sifting through a lot of unfamiliar logs looking for some issues. The first file I look at is Events.log, and I get at least three pages in less which appear to display the same event ...
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How can I “cat” a file and remove commented lines?

I'd like to know if there is a way that I could cat file like php.ini and remove all lines starting with ; For example, if the file contained this: ; - Show all errors, except for notices ; ;...
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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, ...
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Grep 'OR' regex problem

I am trying to use grep with a regex to find lines in a file that match 1 of 2 possible strings. Here is my grep: $ grep "^ID.*(ETS|FBS)" my_file.txt The above grep returns no results. However if I ...
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I would like to grep all files except some file types?

How do I recursively grep files within a given folders except a couple file types? For example, I'm looking for a string within my workspace folder but it ends up searching inside sql files and ...
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Grep lines but let the first line through [duplicate]

Consider the following output from df. Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 23G 6.1G 16G 29% / udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev tmpfs 397M 420K ...
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Is there a 'rc' configuration file for grep/egrep? (~/.egreprc?)

I usually do some grep when developing, and there are some extensions that I always don't want to look for (like *.pyc). Is it possible to create a ~/.egreprc or something like that, and put some ...
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Detecting pattern at the end of a line with grep

If I do: $ ls -R .: 4Shared/ Cloud/ ./4Shared: UFAIZLV2R7.part3.rar ./Cloud: UFAIZLV2R7.part2.rar.part UFAIZLV2R7.part1.rar.part UFAIZLV2R7.part4.rar.part If I want to list the .rar files only, ...
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Grep alias - line numbers unless it's in a pipeline

I want to create a bash alias for grep that adds line numbers: alias grep='grep -n' But that, of course, adds line numbers to pipelines as well. Most of the time (and no exceptions come to mind) I ...
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Multiline pattern match using sed, awk or grep

Is it possible to do a multiline pattern match using sed, awk or grep? Take for example, I would like to get all the lines between { and } So it should be able to match 1. {} 2. {.....} 3. {........
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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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grep and tail -f?

Is it possible to do a tail -f (or similar) on a file, and grep it at the same time? I wouldn't mind other commands just looking for that kind of behavior.
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How can I highlight matches using GNU grep?

I have seen on some Linux, that grep is configured to highlight the match, and print the matching file. How can I configure grep to highlight matches?
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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?