This is a really stupid question but I can't find an answer anywhere. So I have a command that prints out lines of text like this:
htop kvantum alacritty
And I need to check for a line, not a substring
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grep utilize regular expressions. If you want to match a plain text string
awk can be a good alternative.
$0 in awk is entire line - or more precise record separated by
RS which defaults to newline.
awk '$0 == "some line with $ and * and ..."' file
Or by variable:
awk -v find='some line with $ and * and ...' '$0 == find' file