in reply to Perl and or Grep Help!

Right, "grep" isn't going to work despite the '-r(ecursive)' switch because you've told it to only look for *.pl files in 'mydirectory/' - and no deeper than that. It's intended to either be used with '*' as the file argument, or a list of the directories that you want to look in. You're failing with "find" because you're not asking "grep" to '-l(ist)' the files it found - and possibly because you're failing to quote the metacharacters (*). Here are a couple of ways to make these work (non-Perl... I know, how horrible, right? :)

# Search all files, then filter out the ones that don't end in '.pl' grep -Hnr mail *|grep '^[^:]*\.pl:' > results.txt # Find all .pl files and list the ones that contain 'mail' find /start_dir -name '*.pl' -exec grep -l mail {} \; > results.txt # Find all .pl files and show all the lines matching 'mail' as well as + the file path find /start_dir -name '*.pl' -exec grep -n mail {} /dev/null \; > resu +lts.txt

The last one is an old Unix trick that's been around for a long time, but it still works quite well.

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