Pitfalls

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Using Linux daily can provide some pitfalls. This chapter is here to make you aware.

Searching file content

If you want to search a folder for files containing a given string, you cannot use

grep -ir "whatever" *

Because this will not include hidden files. Make use of the find command to build a accurate list of all files:

find ./ -type f -exec grep -iH "whatever" {} \;

However, for simple tasks, you can take advantage of the fact that 'hidden files' are only a naming convention, and tell grep to read all files in a directory itself:

grep -ir "whatever" .

Tab completion

For tab completion problems, see tab Completion.

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