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Re: search for a pattern in file without opening the file

by tcf03 (Deacon)
on Jan 29, 2007 at 14:44 UTC ( #597091=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to search for a pattern in file without opening the file

If you don't want to open the files in your code you could use a system call.
my $success = ( system("grep $searchpat $file >/dev/null") ) ? 0 : 1;
as long as its a simple pattern.
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Re^2: search for a pattern in file without opening the file
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 30, 2018 at 00:42 UTC
    If the grep finds a match it returns 0 or 1?

      Yes, as explained in the Exit Status section of the man page.

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