Shell scripting notes – searching matching filenames and matching content

Some random shell scripting notes for future reference:

On OS X: find -E . -regex ‘pattern’

  • -E specifies extended regex support

On Linux flavors: find . -regextype posix-regex -regex ‘pattern’

Posix vs basic vs extended regex character class differences.

Pipe result to newfile > : eg grep ‘pattern’ file > output.txt

Pipe result appending to file > : eg grep ‘pattern’ file >> output.txt

Capture output as String? : $(some expression)

Iterate files:

for f in some-file-pattern or something producing a list of files
do ... done

Use find . -name ‘pattern’ to recurse matching files down subdirs

Find with a regex for multiple patterns:

find -E . -regex ".*ext1|.*ext2|.*ext3"

first line of file:

head -n 1 filename

grep -o : only display match

Match patterns in file and output matches or matched groups:

Match files, patterns in files, and pipe matches to file:

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