bash TIL

September 18, 2018

Here are some notes about BASH utilities and functionalities that I learned about today. This is more for me than you, but if you find it useful, great! :)

Search for files that don't contain text

You're used to searching for files that contain text, but what if you need to find files that don't contain specific text? Consider a scenario where you have files that need to be updated to include something. You have a mixture of files that contain the updates already and files that don't contain the updates. The following command is helpful in those scenarios.

find .  -name package.json -exec  grep  -H -E -o -c  "pre-commit"  {} \; | grep 0

The above command will search only for files named package.json and return files that have no instance the text "pre-commit".

Use arguments from previous commands in the current command

Most of the time when make a directory you want to go to it. Or if you're manipulating a lot files in a folder you'll often want to reuse specific paths. Here's a nice way to do that.

mkdir foo;
cd !:1;


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