bash: Find text in files in subdirectories recursively

grep -rnw '/path/to/somewhere/' -e 'pattern'
  • -r or -R is recursive,
  • -n is line number, and
  • -w stands for match the whole word.
  • -l (lower-case L) can be added to just give the file name of matching files.

Along with these, --exclude--include--exclude-dir flags could be used for efficient searching.

Original Stack Overflow answer: https://stackoverflow.com/a/16957078/1059672

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