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I want to search recursively for files containing a string. I want to search:

  1. Files in and under the directory I'm standing in currently
  2. A specific directory.

I want to see only results. I don't want to see "permission denied" messages or other things. Only the file locations that contain the string I search for.

How do I do it?

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grep -lr searchstring * /path/to/dir 2>/dev/null

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Using . instead of * will include hidden files in the current directory as well, not just in the subdirectories. – Daniel Andersson May 22 '12 at 18:19
Were using grep -r | sed s/:.*//. – uprego Sep 4 '14 at 8:18

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