Sometimes, you need to find something quickly and don’t want to open tens or hundreds of file to find it. Luckily, Linux is a powerful operating system and can assist you in finding what you need. If you need to find something, let’s say you are looking for a specific piece of text within a specific folder, you can use this command to list the files where your defined string is found:
grep -H -R "keyword" /directory/ | cut -d: f1
To give you an example, I was looking for a CSS file that was pointing to a page that no longer existed. I was working on optimizing my WordPress installation, so I wanted to remove that file since it has no use any longer as it would only return a 404. So I checked the source code that was served to my browser, check the file and then performed a search in my WordPress wp-content/themes folder:
grep -H -R "googleapis.com" /home/thomas/domains/vanhoutte.be/public_html/thomas/miniblog/wp-content/themes/ | cut -d: f1
This returned a list of files that contained googleapis.com, which is a part of the URL of the CSS file that no longer existed.
Ultimately, the file I was looking for was found here:
I then opened that directory through FTP, edited the file, saved it and the broken link was gone. All in under 5 minutes!