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suppose I want to replace abc with xyz in all files in a directory. How do I write a script for this ?

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find . -type f | xargs sed -i 's/abc/xyz/g'

Use -maxdepth option if you don't want the action to take place recursively in your current working directory.

  • find . -maxdepth 1 -type f | xargs sed -i 's/abc/xyz/g' - this is non-recursive, ie., it will replace abc in the files that reside only in your current working directory. – Sree Nov 26 '14 at 6:42
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    you should use find ... -exec sed '...' {} + – mikeserv Nov 26 '14 at 7:21

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