This is just a bash (linux/mac terminal) one-liner to look for files with matching text in my rails app, which i do all the time. It’s a lot faster and more useful than Nautilus’ file search, and is useful when you don’t use any IDEs. Personally i do everything in the command line and gedit, nice and simple.
This is broken down as follows:
get all files in these folders
| surround them with quotes (otherwise filenames with spaces would screw up the later steps)
| only consider non-svn files (i’m not interested in the files svn uses to manage things)
| look inside the files for the search string
And here it is:
Obviously this is a bit of a mouthful but once it’s been done it will go into your command memory, and you can get it back by pressing ctrl&r, and starting to type ‘find’. You may need to press ctrl&r a few more times to get the right command from memory.
Note – wordpress or your browser may change some of the above double quotes to weird web quote characters. I really fracking hate that. Anyway, when you paste it over, change all the quotes to normal single or double quotes.