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I am searching for a word, in this case "hehe" that is located in the file findTest

by using grep, but when i initiate the search:

grep -r "hehe"


grep -lr "hehe"

it starts but after 5 min waiting nothing happens, even if i am in the same directory as the file. the only way i get a results straight away is being in the same directory and typing:

grep "hehe" findTest 

Are their any other ways to search for a word? even if not in the same directory.

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The grep command expects either a file (or, in the case of -r, directory) name or input from the standard input stream - it's just sitting waiting for you so supply one or the other.

As an alternative to typing the name of the current directory, you can use the shorthand . or ./ i.e.

grep -r "hehe" .


grep -r "hehe" ./
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I can see when it searches it finds its path and the word, but when does it stop the search? has been like this for a couple of minuts – Daniel S. Jun 6 '14 at 21:01
@DanielS. If you are having a problem, post the command you ran. If you ran something such as grep -r foo /large-disk-with-a-lot-of-data/* it is going to take a while. – bodhi.zazen Jun 6 '14 at 21:10
hehe yeah that might be the case thanks for the help :) – Daniel S. Jun 6 '14 at 21:13

Also you can grep into a file with these code that have the same output

grep -i "statement" file.ext
cat file.ext | grep statement
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i get the samme response, No such file or directory – Daniel S. Jun 6 '14 at 21:04
Hey man! you have to replace "file.ext" with your file! – Rc Ss Jun 6 '14 at 21:09
hehe that i know, i have done it :) – Daniel S. Jun 6 '14 at 21:12

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