Searching through a mess of files

Steve Simon


I am working on a project that has a series of files in R and R Markdown, and I need to track down where a particular function was originally defined. In Unix based systems, this is pretty easy to do.

There’s a built in function, grep, that does the job. So

grep “string” *.*

will find and list the occurences of “string” in every file in your current directory. There are lots of variations, type

grep –help

for details. The real computer nerds already know this, but I’m just getting started with Unix based commands.

You can find an earlier version of this page on my blog.