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How to find files containing specific text in Linux?

Penguin by Lars Meiertoberens from the Noun Project If you would like to find a specific string of text within a directory of files, you can use the following command and example:

user@host:~$ grep -rnw '/path/to/directory/' -e 'searchterm'

Here's a breakdown of the example command and its parameters:

  • -r or -R will recursively (within directories) look at all files within the specified path.
  • -n will display the line number where the term shows up within each file.
  • -w Matches the whole word.




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