I see this discussion: How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany?

I want to find and replace all files in a directory. The method suggested in the answer, is very good to find. Now I need to open all found files and use Geany. If the files are hundreds it's not possible to by clicking on the link in Geany.

How to do automatically?

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While not an answer specific to Geany, could you do this instead using sed at the command line?

This will recursively replace "foo" with "bar" in a directory.

find . -type f | xargs -i sed -i -e "s/foo/bar/g" "{}"

  • And I have to replace "bau/foo/" with "bea/bar/roo"? How can I write well it? Thanks
    – SPS
    Jun 3, 2013 at 19:32
  • In the part "s/foo/bar/g" it means "Substitute (s) 'foo' with 'bar', on every line (g)" so! If you have a file that has the word "cat" and you want to replace it with dog, the whole line would look like: find . -type f | xargs -i sed -i -e "s/cat/dog/g" "{}"
    – dougBTV
    Jun 3, 2013 at 20:44
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    @SPS There are two ways. You can put a backslash before the slash to indicate that it's to be interpreted literally, as in sed -e 's/bau\/foo\//bea\/bar\/roo/g'. Or you can use a different character as the separator instead of slash, e.g. sed -e 's~bau/foo/~bea/bar/roo~g'. Jun 3, 2013 at 22:25
  • Thanks @Gilles didn't quite see that he was looking to replace a literal /, good eye!
    – dougBTV
    Jun 4, 2013 at 12:41
  • No one for Geany?
    – SPS
    Jun 10, 2013 at 19:40

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