User Commands grep(1)
NAMEgrep - search a file for a pattern
SYNOPSIS/usr/bin/grep [ -bchilnsvw ] limited-regular-expression [ filename ... ] /usr/xpg4/bin/grep [ -E | -F ] [ -c | -l | -q ] [ -bhinsvwx ] -e pattern_list ... [ -f pattern_file ] ... [ file ... ] /usr/xpg4/bin/grep [ -E | -F ] [ -c | -l | -q ] [ -bhinsvwx ] [ -e pattern_list ... ] -f pattern_file ... [ file ... ] /usr/xpg4/bin/grep [ -E | -F ] [ -c | -l | -q ] [ -bhinsvwx ] pattern [ file ... ]
DESCRIPTIONThe grep utility searches text files for a pattern and prints all lines that contain that pattern. It uses a com- pact non-deterministic algorithm. Be careful using the characters $, *, [, ^, |, (, ), and \ in the pattern_list because they are also meaningful to the shell. It is safest to enclose the entire pattern_list in single quotes '... '. If no files are specified, grep assumes standard input. Nor- mally, each line found is copied to standard output. The file name is printed before each line found if there is more than one input file. /usr/bin/grep The /usr/bin/grep utility uses limited regular expressions like those described on the regexp(5) manual page to match the patterns. /usr/xpg4/bin/grep The options -E and -F affect the way /usr/xpg4/bin/grep interprets pattern_list. If -E is specified, /usr/xpg4/bin/grep interprets pattern_list as a full regular expression (see -E for description). If -F is specified, grep interprets pattern_list as a fixed string. If neither are specified, grep interprets pattern_list as a basic regu- lar expression as described on regex(5) manual page.
OPTIONSThe following options are supported for both /usr/bin/grep and /usr/xpg4/bin/grep: -b Precede each line by the block number on which it was SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Oct 1997 1 User Commands grep(1) found. This can be useful in locating block numbers by context (first block is 0). -c Print only a count of the lines that contain the pat- tern. -h Prevents the name of the file containing the matching line from being appended to that line. Used when searching multiple files. -i Ignore upper/lower case distinction during comparis- ons. -l Print only the names of files with matching lines, separated by NEWLINE characters. Does not repeat the names of files when the pattern is found more than once. -n Precede each line by its line number in the file (first line is 1). -s Suppress error messages about nonexistent or unread- able files. -v Print all lines except those that contain the pattern. -w Search for the expression as a word as if surrounded by \< and \>. /usr/xpg4/bin/grep The following options are supported for /usr/xpg4/bin/grep only: -e pattern_list Specify one or more patterns to be used during the search for input. Patterns in pattern_list must be separated by a NEWLINE character. A null pattern can be specified by two adjacent newline characters in pattern_list. Unless the -E or -F option is also specified, each pattern will be treated as a basic regular expression. Multiple -e and -f options are accepted by grep. All of the specified patterns are used when matching lines, but the order of evaluation is unspecified. -E Match using full regular expressions. Treat each pat- tern specified as a full regular expression. If any entire full regular expression pattern matches an input line, the line will be matched. A null full regular expression matches every line. Each pattern will be interpreted as a full regular expression as described on the regex(5) manual page, except for \( SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Oct 1997 2 User Commands grep(1) and \), and including: 1. A full regular expression followed by + that matches one or more occurrences of the full regular expression. 2. A full regular expression followed by ? that matches 0 or 1 occurrences of the full regular expression. 3. Full regular expressions separated by | or by a new-line that match strings that are matched by any of the expressions. 4. A full regular expression that may be enclosed in parentheses () for grouping. The order of precedence of operators is , then *?+, then concatenation, then | and new-line. -f pattern_file Read one or more patterns from the file named by the path name pattern_file. Patterns in pattern_file are terminated by a NEWLINE character. A null pattern can be specified by an empty line in pattern_file. Unless the -E or -F option is also specified, each pattern will be treated as a basic regular expression. -F Match using fixed strings. Treat each pattern speci- fied as a string instead of a regular expression. If an input line contains any of the patterns as a con- tiguous sequence of bytes, the line will be matched. A null string matches every line. See fgrep(1) for more information. -q Quiet. Do not write anything to the standard output, regardless of matching lines. Exit with zero status if an input line is selected. -x Consider only input lines that use all characters in the line to match an entire fixed string or regular expression to be matching lines.
OPERANDSThe following operands are supported: file A path name of a file to be searched for the patterns. If no file operands are specified, the standard input will be used. SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Oct 1997 3 User Commands grep(1) /usr/bin/grep pattern Specify a pattern to be used during the search for input. /usr/xpg4/bin/grep pattern Specify one or more patterns to be used during the search for input. This operand is treated as if it were specified as -epattern_list. USAGE The -epattern_list option has the same effect as the pattern_list operand, but is useful when pattern_list begins with the hyphen delimiter. It is also useful when it is more convenient to provide multiple patterns as separate argu- ments. Multiple -e and -f options are accepted and grep will use all of the patterns it is given while matching input text lines. (Note that the order of evaluation is not specified. If an implementation finds a null string as a pattern, it is allowed to use that pattern first, matching every line, and effectively ignore any other patterns.) The -q option provides a means of easily determining whether or not a pattern (or string) exists in a group of files. When searching several files, it provides a performance improvement (because it can quit as soon as it finds the first match) and requires less care by the user in choosing the set of files to supply as arguments (because it will exit zero if it finds a match even if grep detected an access or read error on earlier file operands). Large File Behavior See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of grep when encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2 **31 bytes). EXAMPLES Example 1: Finding all uses of a word To find all uses of the word "Posix" (in any case) in the file text.mm, and write with line numbers: example% /usr/bin/grep -i -n posix text.mm Example 2: Finding all empty lines To find all empty lines in the standard input: SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Oct 1997 4 User Commands grep(1) example% /usr/bin/grep ^$ or example% /usr/bin/grep -v . Example 3: Finding lines containing strings Both of the following commands print all lines containing strings abc or def or both: example% /usr/xpg4/bin/grep -E 'abc def' example% /usr/xpg4/bin/grep -F 'abc def' Example 4: Finding lines with matching strings Both of the following commands print all lines matching exactly abc or def: example% /usr/xpg4/bin/grep -E '^abc$ ^def$' example% /usr/xpg4/bin/grep -F -x 'abc def' ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment variables that affect the execution of grep: LC_COLLATE, LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and NLSPATH. EXIT STATUS The following exit values are returned: 0 One or more matches were found. 1 No matches were found. 2 Syntax errors or inaccessible files (even if matches were found).
ATTRIBUTESSee attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: /usr/bin/grep ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | Availability | SUNWcsu | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | CSI | enabled | |_____________________________|_____________________________| SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Oct 1997 5 User Commands grep(1) /usr/xpg4/bin/grep ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | Availability | SUNWxcu4 | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | CSI | enabled | |_____________________________|_____________________________|
SEE ALSOegrep(1), fgrep(1), sed(1), sh(1), attributes(5), environ(5), largefile(5), regex(5), regexp(5), XPG4(5)
NOTES/usr/bin/grep Lines are limited only by the size of the available virtual memory. If there is a line with embedded nulls, grep will only match up to the first null; if it matches, it will print the entire line. /usr/xpg4/bin/grep The results are unspecified if input files contain lines longer than LINE_MAX bytes or contain binary data. LINE_MAX is defined in /usr/include/limits.h. SunOS 5.8 Last change: 20 Oct 1997 6