Friday, August 3, 2012

How to find a piece of code in a folder of files ?

sometimes while debugging a code or editing a template you need to find a pattern of text in many files, how frasutrating it would be if you open all of them and do "Ctrl+F" in your text editor ?

here is how you do it correctly :

let say I am searching for 'Recent Topics' in a folder named phpBB in my Desktop.
First of all open a terminal. (ctrl+alt+t)
cd Desktop  ( ofcouse :p )
cd phpBB 
then
grep -r 'Recent Topics' *
-r is gonna do a recursive search in the current folder and all sub folders and search for Recent Topics


if you wanna ignore casesentivity you add -i
grep -r 'Recent Topics' *
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