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Re: please allow a list of files to grep, as a file that can be - for st

From: t takahashi
Subject: Re: please allow a list of files to grep, as a file that can be - for stdin (fixes other bugs)
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2006 19:01:03 -0700

On 6/10/06, Benno Schulenberg <address@hidden> wrote:

thanks for posting the links.

my major point is that you have maximum flexibility when you can use
find, a tool designed for exactly this purpose, to recurse and filter
the fs tree, and grep to do what it is good at, which is, to use a
correct but ironic term, grepping.

xargs is insufficient partly because it cannot efficiently call shell
functions.  this is important for a variety of reasons including being
able to preprocess files.  preprocessing can include uncompressing,
unarchiving, and so on.  shell functions are useful for that.

imho, if there is a need for grep -r, then there is a need for pathname input.

That would indeed be cool.  Have a patch?  :)

find already has.  adding piped pathnames leverages that.

In my opinion, though, --exclude should not exclude directories.

imho, allowing piped input reduces the need for debates on whether it
should or not.

>    find ... -xdev |
>            grep -v .svn/ |
>            grep -r --files-input - apple

What's the -r doing in there?

did i put that there?  oops.

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