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Question Full System Recursive Search for a String - Not Finishing

Using
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grep -r -H "foobar" / > result

to give
all files that contain the string "foobar"

Half way , its waiting for some thing and does not end

Not Sure whats happening.
Any help is much appreciated

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Code:
find / -type f -exec grep  -l foobar {} \;

You have probably hit some character special file that has a readlock on it. You don't want to read tty files anyway. This returns the names of file with the string 'foobar' in them.
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So any way to avoid it hitting files with readlock on it?
There should be some way to successfully search the entire filesystem for a string.

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