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Date:      Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:28:56 +1000
From:      "Murray Taylor" <>
To:        <>, <>
Subject:   RE: scrpt help neded...
Message-ID:  <E194A4DE220BBE4FAF3AB7C4E7EDA0860188BF31@svmailmel.bytecraft.internal>
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Subject: Re: scrpt help neded...

Gary Kline <> wrote:

> I'm looking for a script that takes on arg and lets   me vi/vim
> into the r esults.  Let's say that I'm looking for the string
> 201107 in a slew of files.  the script find it with grep---not
> grep -w, just grep.  collect es the filenames and lines (grep -n)
> and saves  then temporarily, then points vim or vi at each
> file+linenumbr and execs it for me.   the fewer keystrokes, the
> better.

To edit each file that contains 201107:

=20 $ vi ` grep -l 201107 {files to be searched} `

That won't pre-position within the files, but since it's a single
invocation of vi, with each subsequent file being loaded by :n, a
search pattern will persist (unless/until you replace it by entering
a different search pattern).  At the top of the first file, you enter

=20 /201107

to find the first instance, "n" to find the second, etc.  After :n
-- at the top of the second file -- "n" alone will find the first

OTOH if you want to bring up an xterm containing _the results of
the grep_ you can pipe it into the attached script.  There is no
manpage, but the comments and the (straightforward) parameter
decoding should provide a start.  (There are a few "magic numbers",
which ideally should be tweaked for your X11 installation's font
dimensions, but nothing horrible will happen if they are slightly


get your grep script to return the line number of the item to be changed
then use vi -c<linenumber> filename .... this is preposition you on the
containing the grepped target.

Murray Taylor
Bytecraft Systems
Special Projects Engineer

=20|_|0|_|        "Absence of evidence
=20|_|_|0|        is not evidence of absence"
=20|0|0|0|        Carl Sagan

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