Grep Essentials

by Dalasta Darren
Oct. 7, 2017 0 comments INFOSEC Institute

The grep utility, which allows files to be searched for strings of words, uses a syntax similar to the regular expression syntax of the vi, ex, ed, and sed editors. grep comes in three flavors, grep, fgrep, and egrep, all of which I’ll cover in this article. The name grep is derived from the editor command g/re/p, which literally translates to “globally search for a regular wxpression and print what you find.” Regular expressions are at the core of grep, and I’ll cover them after a brief description of some of the utility’s command options. The simplest grep command is grep (search pattern) (files list), as in: