Find command to find a word from list of files


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Find command to find a word from list of files

I need to find a word '% Retail by State' in the folder /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation.

When I tried like below,

Code:
-bash-4.1$ cd /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation
-bash-4.1$ find ./ -name % Retail by State
find: paths must precede expression: Retail
Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] [-D help|tree|search|stat|rates|opt|exec] [path...] [expression]
-bash-4.1$

I could not succeed. Could someone guide me? I need to know file names which has the word '% Retail by State'

Please be informed that there are many files under the folder /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation.
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Code:
find ./ -name '*% Retail by State*'

# 3  
Hello Ram,

If I understood correctly you need to search a word % Retail by State in all files under path /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation. Following may help you in same.
Code:
 find /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation -type f -exec grep -l "%Retail by State" {} \+ 2>/dev/null

Thanks,
R. Singh
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Your understanding is right. I went to this folder /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation and ran ,

Code:
find /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation -type f -exec grep -l "%Retail by State" {} \+ 2>/dev/null

I'm not getting any output. Does this means none of the file have the word I'm searching for?

May I request you to explain the command as I've trouble understanding this command.
# 5  
Hello Ram,

Let me explain you completely here about the code shown above.
Let's say we have following example files.
Code:
cat ./test34233
% Retail by State

cat ./test34232
% Retail by State 213121

Now When I run following command it will give these 2 files as follows.
Code:
find . -type f -exec grep -l "% Retail by State" {} \+ 2>/dev/null
./test34233
./test34232

Also when I run following command too it will give results as follows.
Code:
find . -type f -exec grep -l "Retail by State" {} \+ 2>/dev/null
./test34233
./test34232

Let me explain you the command here.
Code:
find /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation -type f #### Means in Path /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation  look for files.
  
-exec grep -l                                                           #### Perform grep operation and search word "% Retail by State"
2>/dev/null                                                            #### Put standard errors in /dev/null (don't show on screen).
  
Hope this helps you.

Thanks,
R. Singh
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# 6  
Why not just
Code:
grep "% Retail by State" /usr/sas/reports/RetailSalesTaxallocation/*

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Thanks a ton Ravinder for your detailed explanation. Much appreciated.
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