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find, grep, sed, and awk.

I gave a lunchtime presentation on find, grep, sed, and awk. After the jump you’ll find the slides, and a bunch of links that were helpful to me.

Further reading:


The Geek Stuff – 15 Find Commands

The Geek Stuff – 15 More Find Commands

IBM – Advanced Find Techniques


The Geek Stuff – 15 Grep Commands


John Cook – Learn a little sed

The Geek Stuff – Sed Tips and Tricks

Bruce Barnett – Sed Tutorial and Introduction

Famous sed one-liners explained


Greg Grothaus – Why you should learn just a little awk

The Geek Stuff – 8 Powerful Awk Built-in Variables

Steve’s awk academy

Bruce Barnett – Awk Tutorial and Introduction

Simple awk tutorial

Famous awk one-liners explained


John Cook on [Greg Grothaus on awk]

General command-line introduction:

The Geek Stuff – 50 Linux Commands

Things I’ve omitted, that you shouldn’t forget:

Wikipedia, man pages, and GNU docs.


Written by Eric Wilson

August 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  1. […] find, grep, sed, and awk ::: Code and comments […]

  2. My grandmother always wanted a puppy.


    October 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    • I almost deleted your comment as spam …

      Eric Wilson

      October 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      • i don’t understand the statement: “My grandmother always wanted a puppy.”
        what does it mean? and why it’s not a spam?


        January 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

      • It was a joke, referencing the Windows XP search puppy that I mention in the slides.

        Eric Wilson

        January 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

      • Oh, that clears it up. Thanks for explaining @Eric Wilson 🙂


        January 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

  3. […] first posts on my brand-new blog, I put up the slides from a lunch-time presentation that I gave on find, grep, sed, and awk. I put it up so that it would be available as reference to those that attended the talk, even though […]

  4. Very helpful. Though I know some of it, but I learn something from awk.


    December 7, 2012 at 12:24 am

  5. The silver searcher not mentioned ? It’s a real time saver and productivity booster when looking trough sourcecode

    Wojciech Pietrzak

    January 31, 2013 at 6:42 am

  6. Really helpful, thanks! I knew hot to use grep and find (well, in a basic way) but sed and awk seems to be really useful.


    March 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  7. Is there audio of your talk available?


    March 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    • Sorry, there is no audio or video remaining, as far as I know.

      Eric Wilson

      March 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  8. It is good presentation. Thanks for sharing. If you have any video, please upload it.

    awk command

    October 22, 2013 at 4:34 am

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