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grepping a database [message #97498] Fri, 28 June 2002 02:30 Go to next message
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Registered: May 2002
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I am trying to locate all files that contain a certain string. I am sure i should be using grep, but how do i arrange it to look through all files within a directory for this string.
i.e. i am trying to serach for locate all files with the word cookiemonster in them so that i can remove this string from the files
Re: grepping a database [message #97500 is a reply to message #97498] Fri, 28 June 2002 06:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Registered: June 1998
Try this...to find all text filenames that have the string "cookiemonster" in it, working recursively from the directory called 'mydir':
find mydir -type f -exec grep -il cookiemonster {} ;

Re: grepping a database [message #97502 is a reply to message #97498] Fri, 28 June 2002 12:58 Go to previous message
andrew again
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Registered: March 2000
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If you have binary files, you could try prepping them for grep by using "strings". Not sure of the total command including find though...

strings my_bin_file | grep blah
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