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How to find a word in all files under / ?

Posted on 2004-04-13
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Dear all expert,

How can I find a word in all files under / ? Please be informed that it contains files or folders under /  so "more /* | grep (word)" is not workable.

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Gary
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by:brettmjohnson
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If you are using gnu grep, use the -r switch to recursively search.
      grep -r word /*

Otherwise use find:
      find / -type f | xargs grep word

If you don't have xargs, use find -exec
      find / -type f -exec grep word {} \;


      
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tfewster earned 100 total points
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Brettt -
find / -type f -exec grep word {} /dev/null \;
will also give you the filename  ;-)
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by:glassd
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grep -l will give the file name instead of the matched lines.
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by:leungpingkei
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Thanks for all your information.
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