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Locate Oracle files that contain certain strings

This is a handy shell command for finding all files that contain a specified string. For example, assume that you are trying to locate a script that queries the v$process table. You can issue the following command, and UNIX will search all subdirectories, looking in all files for the v$process table.

root> find . -print|xargs grep v\$process
./TX_RBS.sql: v$process p,
./UNIX_WHO.sql:from v$session a, v$process b
./session.sql:from v$session b, v$process a

The grep utility is always handy, but is especially useful for finding specific strings inside Oracle files.

The above is an excerpt from the "Oracle UNIX Administration Handbook" by Oracle press, authored by Donald K. Burleson.


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