[Scottish] Best way to find text within files recursively?

David Marsh's list-reading hat scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Tue Jan 21 19:35:07 2003

On Sun, 19 Jan 2003 23:19:08 -0000
"Michael Cameron" <Michael.Cameron@Galston.co.uk> wrote:

> I'd go for:
> find . -type f -exec grep 'foo' {} /dev/null \;
> or possibly:
> find . -type f -exec grep -q  'foo' {} \; -print

I'm not too hot on the -exec syntax for find (this may explain why I can
never get that part to work and start piping things to xargs, perhaps
unnecessarily!), I suspect it's the "\;" that I have problems with:
what's that all about, or is it just "the rule" that you must finish
your -exec "clause" with it?



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