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Re: Grep

  • Subject: Re: Grep
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 09:11:33 +0000
  • Newsgroups: uk.comp.os.linux
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Martin Gregorie ] on Friday 24 February 2006 15:23 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ Ken Parkes ] on Thursday 23 February 2006 21:49 \__
>>> On Thu, 23 Feb 2006 21:03:42 +0000, Darren Salt wrote:
>>>> I demand that Ken Parkes may or may not have written...
>>>>> Have been searching for an old sent email.  If I enter, in a terminal,
>>>>> <grep Gamblesby /mnt/backup/username/.Mail> I get no response from the
>>>>> instruction.    If I open Tools>Find File in Konqueror,  and enter the
>>>>> same request I get the sent mail file containing Gamblesby in the
>>>>> message within
>>>>> 15 seconds.  What am I doing wrong with grep please?   I thought Find
>>>>> File was just a front end for grep.
>>>> -R, -r, --recursive, --directories=recurse. Take your pick...
>>> Many thanks Darren.    O'Reilly Linux in a nutshell was no help, said -R
>>> was to preprocess with refer.  Your post made me check again.  I had
>>> turned two pages,  from grep -d  to groff -f.   Quietly goes into a
>>> corner and bangs head against wall.
>>> Ken.
>> For simplicity, it is often worth using the facilities provided the mail
>> program to do full body search. Good applications will build good indices
>> or hash tables to make subsequent searches faster. The advantage of this
>> approach is that you get the message in question well-encapsulated and
>> among context. Failing that, I choose to use fgrep -R * in the appropriate
>> directory.
>> Kind regards,
>> Roy
> mboxgrep is quite nice. By default it does regex searches among the
> headers and pulls out the entire e-mail.
> Its open source, not a standard part of any distro.


Nice one! I await the day when such tools are incorporated into FOSS/Linux
mail clients. OpenOffice 2 is finally doing regex, which the competitors'
products do not.


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