Find ^Z in a unix text file

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Old 10-08-2009
Find ^Z in a unix text file

Hi Everybody,

I have an unknown number of files that for some reason contain the ^Z character. I would need a command that helps me identifying these files.

Here is an example of a line:


I would greatly appreciate your help.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 10-08-2009
Hi, you can use:
grep "^Z" filepattern

You can enter the ^Z on the command line by typing CTRL-V CTRL-Z
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Old 10-08-2009
Thanks Scrutinizer,

I found that out a little earlier as well. Just one remark:

Just typing in ^Z or "^Z" initiates grep to look for the character combination ^ and Z. Using the key combination ctrl-v-z causes grep to search for an actual control sequence even though the result of pressing this key combination looks just the same, ctrl-v-z => ^Z

Thanks again,

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Old 10-08-2009
Indeed. They look the same, but the cursor will skip the Z of an actual ^Z, so it's a single character.
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