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Old 10-26-2009
Searching multiple items

I'm a complete newbie so bear with me.

I have a directory (and sub-dirs) full of .doc, .xls files.

What I'm trying to do is do a single search within the files (i.e. within each .doc etc) for occurrences of multiple items e.g. apples, pears, grapes, bananas.

Basically I'd provide a list of things to search, hit return and it'll go away and search (and print) each occurrence of, for example, apples, pears etc.

Hope this is enough info.
I tried this using the find command in ms-dos but couldn't get my head around it.
any help would be gratefully received
# 2  
Old 10-26-2009
look at the grep man pages...
# 3  
Old 02-26-2010
Dear Friend,

Using the egrep you can get the result.

egrep -R "pattern1|pattern2|pattern3"  *.doc

# 4  
Old 02-26-2010
You can also do the matching pattern by using find command as follows.

find <directory> -iname "*.doc" -exec egrep -R "Pattern1|Pattern2|Pattern3|..|Patternn" {} \;
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Old 02-26-2010
I dont think grep and egrep will work for the binary files like doc
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