I am trying to get a couple of specific lines from files with a specific extension (.pvc). These files are stored in different directories. Then I want to put all the lines in a single txt file.



I am trying to use the following for loop but it doesn't work.

for i in {1..5}
 echo $i
 cd /home/directory"$i"
 grep -e L1 -e L2 /*.pvc > /home/all_lines.txt
  • grep -h 'L1|L2' ~/directory{1..5}/*.pvc >~/all_lines.txt Mar 13, 2017 at 17:05
  • In your attempt you are overwriting all_lines.txt in each loop (if you have write pemissions in /home at all). Use >> instead of > to append instead.
    – Philippos
    Mar 13, 2017 at 17:09
  • @Sato Katsura, By using the option -h I don't get nothing in the output file, but using -e L1 -e L2 it works but it also prints (in the output file) the path of the directories in each line.
    – Fersal
    Mar 13, 2017 at 18:10
  • -h tells grep not to print filenames. This works with at least GNU grep and BSD grep. Mar 13, 2017 at 18:23
  • It already works, I used -h along with -e. Thanks!
    – Fersal
    Mar 13, 2017 at 18:32

2 Answers 2


Posting an answer as requested:

grep -h 'L1|L2' ~/directory{1..5}/*.pvc >~/all_lines.txt 

-h tells grep not to print filenames, L1|L2 searches for lines L1 and L2, and directory{1..5} expands to directory1, ..., directory5.


Are they all sub-directories inside a specific directory (father_directory)?

You can try:

find /father_directory -iname '*pvc' -exec grep -e L1 -e L2 {} \; > /home/all_lines.txt

or, as suggested by @Philippos (thank you):

grep -r /father_directory -e L1 -e L2 --include "*.pvc" > /home/all_lines.txt
  • 1
    Or even simpler with grep only: grep -r /father_directory -e L1 -e L2 --include "*.pvc" > /home/all_lines.txt
    – Philippos
    Mar 13, 2017 at 17:12
  • They are into into sub-folders that in turns are into a common directory (I guess that would be the father_directory).
    – Fersal
    Mar 13, 2017 at 18:16

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