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grep


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  grep  /grep/  vi  [from  the  qed/ed  editor  idiom  g/re/p,  where  re 
  stands  for  a  regular  expression,  to  Globally  search  for  the  Regular 
  Expression  and  Print  the  lines  containing  matches  to  it  via  {{Unix}} 
  `grep(1)']  To  rapidly  scan  a  file  or  set  of  files  looking  for  a  particular 
  string  or  pattern  (when  browsing  through  a  large  set  of  files,  one 
  may  speak  of  `grepping  around').  By  extension,  to  look  for  something 
  by  pattern.  "Grep  the  bulletin  board  for  the  system  backup  schedule, 
  would  you?"  See  also  {vgrep}. 
 
  [It  has  also  been  alleged  that  the  source  is  from  the  title  of  a 
  paper  "A  General  Regular  Expression  Parser"  -ESR] 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  grep 
 
  information  science>    A  {Unix}  command  for 
  searching  files  for  lines  matching  a  given  {regular 
  expression}  (RE).  Named  after  the  {qed}/{ed}  editor 
  subcommand  "g/re/p",  where  re  stands  for  a  regular  expression, 
  to  Globally  search  for  the  Regular  Expression  and  Print  the 
  lines  containing  matches  to  it  There  are  two  other  variants, 
  fgrep  which  searches  only  for  fixed  strings  and  {egrep}  which 
  accepts  extended  REs  but  is  usually  the  fastest  of  the  three 
 
  Used  by  extension  to  mean  "to  look  for  something  by  pattern". 
  When  browsing  through  a  large  set  of  files,  one  may  speak  of 
  "grepping  around".  "Grep  the  bulletin  board  for  the  system 
  backup  schedule,  would  you?"  See  also  {vgrep}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  GREP 
  Global  Regular  Expression  Print  (Unix)