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I use Agent Ransack to grep entire directories. But it doesn't unzip JAR files before looking into them, is there any tool that does that?

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find / -iname "*.jar" -print0 | xargs -0 -n 1 unzip -p | grep … – richard Sep 27 '12 at 22:58
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Try using unzip:

unzip -p your_file.jar | grep "your_search"

From the man page:

-p     extract files to pipe (stdout).  Nothing but the file data is sent to
       stdout, and the files are always extracted in binary format, just as
       they are stored (no conversions).
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