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I'm finding a bunch of files with find . -exec grep -l mypattern {} \;

What's the simplest, most elegant way to run a certain command separately on each of the resulting list of files?

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

To begin with, use:

grep -Rl mypattern .

directly instead of the find construct.

What is the certain command? Probably the best and most fail-safe way would be

grep -ZRl mypattern . | xargs -0 mycommand

Exactly what you want to do is up to xargs from here.

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