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Re: Spaces in args, escapes, and command substitution


From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Spaces in args, escapes, and command substitution
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 07:14:17 -0700
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According to address@hidden on 10/29/2006 5:56 AM:
>> This also works.
>>
>>  find . -exec grep -q PATTERN {} \; -exec vi {} \;
>>
> 
> No it doesn't because it issues a fresh instance of vi per file.

Then use the POSIX-specified:
find . -exec grep -q PATTERN {} \; -exec vi {} +

That will execute grep once per file, then aggregate the successful
matches into a single invocation of vi (assuming you don't exceed ARG_MAX
limits), properly accounting for spaces in filenames.

- --
Life is short - so eat dessert first!

Eric Blake             address@hidden
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