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find word in all files uder one directory

Posted on 2008-06-10
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i have a question. i have a directory under that there are 1000 files. now i need to find one word out of 1000 files. i am not sure in which file the word is present. now i need to find all the files which contain word.

if the the directory contain sub dierctories it need to check that all the directories and sub directories
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by:amit_g
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find . -type f | xargs grep WhateverWord
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by:imxco
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This isn't exactly what you are looking for but maybe a point in the right direction.  The is a vbs script that does what you want on a windows system.  You might be able to take the logic and change it to your system.
'****Searches C:\UTSFiles for a given screen # and displays matches
'****
'*******************************************************************
 
										'****Set conts & variables
Const ForReading = 1
 
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
 
GlobalCounter = 0
strComputer = "."
strSAWNum = inputbox("What word do you want to find? ")
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
 
										'****Set search folder
Set colFileList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("ASSOCIATORS OF {Win32_Directory.Name='C:\UTSFiles'} Where " _
        & "ResultClass = CIM_DataFile")
If strSAWNum <> "" Then 							'****Only search if a value is entered.
Set objExplorer = WScript.CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
objExplorer.Navigate "about:blank"   
objExplorer.ToolBar = 0
objExplorer.StatusBar = 0
objExplorer.Width=400
objExplorer.Height = 400 
objExplorer.Left = 0
objExplorer.Top = 0
 
Do While (objExplorer.Busy)
    Wscript.Sleep 200
Loop    
 
objExplorer.Visible = 1             
objExplorer.Document.Body.InnerHTML = "<center>Retrieving information. " _
    & "This might take several minutes to complete.  Please do not close this window, it will close automatically when finished.</center>"
Set colServices = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2"). _
    ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Service")
For Each objService in colServices
    Wscript.Sleep 200
Next
 
	For Each objFile In colFileList
    	strName = objFile.FileName 
    	FoundCounter = 0
    	Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(objFile.Name, ForReading)		'****Open input file
		Do Until objFile.AtEndOfStream  				'****read thru the file line by line until end of file
    			strNextLine = objFile.Readline
			If InStr(strNextLine, strSAWNum) <> 0 Then
				If FoundCounter = 0 Then 			'**********Only Display Results if it hasn't been displayed yet
					Wscript.Echo "Found " & strSAWNum & " in " & strName & "." '*****Show the file name
					FoundCounter = FoundCounter+1		'Counter up
					GlobalCounter = GlobalCounter+1		'Counter up
				End If
    			End If
		Loop
   	 objFile.Close 'close input file
	Next 'file
objExplorer.Quit
End If
Wscript.echo "Found " & GlobalCounter & " file(s) matching " & strSAWNum & "."	'****Show results

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by:pavan27
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Great  reply.

suppose i have 100 file. now i don't want to search all 1000 files for a specific word. can i use filter condition on list of files. suppose i need to check only 100 file out of 1000 for specific word.

how do i do that
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ID: 21756148
The command would depend on what that criteria is.
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by:Tintin
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What type of filter do you want to use?
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by:omarfarid
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the command find give you different options for searching files, you may see

man find

to see these options
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