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Grep command in Linux explained

Jun 29, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Faye Williams)

"The grep command is a hugely powerful way to search through files. Like many command line utilities, once you're comfortable using it, you will discover that it is surprisingly fast and accurate.

"However, many Linux users only bother to learn one or two grep options and then use them as a kind of one-size-fits-all approach to searching. A little time spent learning what grep can do will pay dividends – and there's nothing more satisfying than knowing exactly how to use a command to find something in a jiffy.

"We'll start out with the basics and build up a repertoire of ways to use grep, before finishing with some things to check out if you're still hungry for more."

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