On Tuesday 11 November 2008 19:17:28 Aggelidis Nikos wrote:
> Hi to all the list,
> i have a project with a lot of bash scripts in a folder hierarchy.I
> haven't wrote the project myself so many times i have to search for
> the definition of a function. For this purpose i decided to use grep
> {recursively}.
> The problem is that the project is an svn repository... so grep
> returns results from .svn and it is really messes up the outcome of
> grep. I tried bypassing the problem using the `--exclude=file_pattern'
> but since its use is for files not directories it doesn't work.... So
> the questions are:
> 1) Can i bypass certain directories{i.e. '.svn' or 'log/'}, using
> grep? {or a combination of tools + grep}

man find(1), specifically -path and -exec arguments. Example:

find . -type f \( \! -path '*/.svn/*' -a \! -path '*/log/*' \) \
        -exec grep foo {} +


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.
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