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UGU: Unix Guru Universe - Unix Tip #4555- August 31, 2013 - Home : Help : Today's Tip
Unix Tip #4555- August 31, 2013

SEARCH AND EDIT IN ONE


Want to search all files for in the local directory for
a string and then edit them in vi?

This will do it.

vi `grep -il "target" *.sql 2>/dev/null`

Search all files in a directory structure for
a regular expression and edit with vi.

vi `find . -type f -name "*.sql" -print | (xargs grep -il "[a-z][a-z]*get" 2>/dev/null)`

It's a good idea to redirect stderr in case you come
across files for which you don't have read permissions.
The errors messages would be passed as arguments to
vi.

This tip generously supported by: jkstill@bcbso.com

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