How can I recursive grep excluding the symlinks?

Posted on 2010-09-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-27

How can I do a recursive grep excluding the symlinks?

Question by:jamie_lynn
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Joseph Gan earned 500 total points
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ls -lR | grep -v "^l"

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Hi ganjos,

Would this not go into the symlink directory or just hide the results?
I need grep not even to go into the symlink directory, as there are symlinks that point to itself.

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by:Joseph Gan
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No, symlink is not a directory, it is a file.
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by:Joseph Gan
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Basically, symlink links two files, but if the target is a directory, another file named "source file" is created in target and linked to the original "source file". So eventually links two files as well.

You can do a quick test in /usr/bin directory with the command. Hopefully this answered your question.

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ID: 33730087
Ah i see.

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ID: 33730093
That works
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ID: 33732467
I thought you wanted to do a recursive grep and not a recursive ls.

For a recursive grep excluding symlinks, just do:

find . -type f | xargs grep string


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