Search in: Word
Vietnamese keyboard: Off
Virtual keyboard: Show
Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
Jump to user comments
tool, information science tool A Unix command for
searching files for lines matching a given regularexpression (RE). Named after the qed/ed editor
subcommand "g/re/p", where re stands for a regular expression,
to Globally search for the Regular Expression and Print the
lines containing matches to it. There are two other variants,
fgrep which searches only for fixed strings and egrep which
accepts extended REs but is usually the fastest of the three.
Used by extension to mean "to look for something by pattern".
When browsing through a large set of files, one may speak of
"grepping around". "Grep the bulletin board for the system
backup schedule, would you?" See also vgrep.