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what is the best way to find a string that has a string in it but one of the words change in it, can't seem to find the right wildcard to use.

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need to find a sting line this:    rfc822;smith@my.domain.com

I want to find this sting but in this case take the word smith out and use a wild card in it's place to find any string that fits this with any user name that is before the @ in this string. I usally use grep but maybe i could do it better with find??
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by:jlevie
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'grep -e "rfc822;.*@my.domain.com" some-file' should work.
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by:bt707
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I already tried with using the * in place of that word  but gives me nothing? that what I can't figure out.
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Note that I have .* in the regex expression, not just *

In a regex * matches 0 or more of the previous match and a . matches any character. So, .* matches a string of characters of any length. Since the regex has "rfc822;" before the .* and "@my.domain.com" after those limit the length of what .* can match.

Clear as mud now?
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by:yuzh
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grep "*pattern*" willl not work, you need to do:

grep "rfc822" filename(s) | grep "@my.domain.com"

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by:bt707
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got it work with the "."

Thanks,
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