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Any attempt to use grep on my system results in this:

grep: unrecognized option '--skip-triggers'
Usage: grep [OPTION]... PATTERN [FILE]...
Try 'grep --help' for more information.

I can't find anywhere that this skip-triggers option exists in .bashrc, .profile, or $GREP_OPTIONS. "type grep" says

grep is aliased to `grep --color=auto'

Obviously there is no --skip-triggers option in grep, but there is in mysql so my hypothesis is that somehow in grepping through mysql data I have got this bit cached somewhere in a hidden file. And normally I would do something like

grep -R skip-triggers *

but I can't due to the error. >.<

Also this first appeared simultaneously with an upgrade from ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04. I am assuming that is unrelated but I'm not sure.

All suggestions are welcome.

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    What happens if you use /bin/grep?
    – heemayl
    Aug 23 '16 at 12:21
  • You could boot from a Live USB system and execute the grep from there.
    – Jos
    Aug 23 '16 at 12:48
  • You could also try running type -a grep
    – wjandrea
    Aug 23 '16 at 14:55
  • @heemayl - same result.
    – twowheeler
    Aug 24 '16 at 1:19
  • @wjandrea - grep is aliased to `grep --color=auto' grep is /bin/grep
    – twowheeler
    Aug 24 '16 at 1:23
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In case anyone else needs to know: Inspired by @Jos answer, I loaded up a virtualbox running windows and searched for the skip-triggers text. Turns out there was a file named "--skip-triggers" containing mysql output. I deleted that file and all is well. Thanks.

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