Two Guys Arguing

Notes to self: Find all files NOT containing text

Posted in Uncategorized by benjaminplee on 02.09.10

Handy script to find all files in a given subfolder that do NOT contain a certain text line. Sorted for easy reading:

find ./PATH/TO/FOLDER -type f -size +1c ! -exec grep -q ‘SEARCH TEXT’ {} \; -print | sort


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  1. udtek1 said, on 04.18.10 at 10:48 pm


  2. JDG said, on 11.08.10 at 6:38 am

    Just what I needed! Thanks for saving me a few hours.

  3. benjaminplee said, on 11.08.10 at 10:01 am

    Glad it helped.

  4. roland said, on 07.10.11 at 9:08 pm

    doesn’t work for me at all. no matter what i put in the search string, every file in the path comes back.

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