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Re: Fw: grep recursive problem

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Fw: grep recursive problem
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 20:56:46 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

* dan1 wrote on Thu, Oct 19, 2006 at 03:04:26PM CEST:
> I am trying to find text in some files and it works fine when I type
> the following command from inside the directory where the file
> contains the text searched for: grep -r -i i80word *.php
> However if I go one directory up and type the same command, there is
> no result at all, like if the '-r' otion would not be taken into
> account. I tried --recursive but the result is the same.

Your problem has nothing to do with grep.  Please learn what shell
globbing is.  Basically your shell expands `*.php' to
  a-file.php another-file.php ...

before handing that list over to the grep command.  Now, if you type
that same command a directory up, grep will only examine those files
that match the pattern `*.php' in _that_ directory, or recurse directories
whose name matches `*.php'.  Of which there are likely none.

  grep -r -i i80word .

Hope that helps,

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