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fgrep [options ] [pattern ] [files ]

Search one or more files for lines that match a literal, text-string pattern . Because fgrep does not support regular expressions, it is faster than grep (hence fgrep , for fast grep ). Exit status is 0 if any lines match, 1 if not, and 2 for errors. See also egrep and grep .



Precede each line with its block number. (Not terribly useful.)


Print only a count of matched lines.

-e pat

Use this if pat begins with - .

-f file

Take a list of patterns from file .


Print matched lines but not filenames (inverse of -l ).


Ignore uppercase and lowercase distinctions.


List filenames but not matched lines.


Print lines and their line numbers.


Silent mode: print only error messages, and return the exit status. Not on SVR4, but common on most commercial Unix systems.


Print all lines that don't match pattern .


Print lines only if pattern matches the entire line.


Print lines in file that don't contain any spaces:

fgrep -v ' ' 


Print lines in file that contain the words in spell_list :

fgrep -f spell_list 


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