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getting 'grepped' files from file list

From: Edward Peschko
Subject: getting 'grepped' files from file list
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 19:43:26 -0700


I've been going through my work habits, trying to pick out
annoyances, inefficiencies etc, and one of the big ones
I've come across is running into 'arg list too long' errors.

One of the big culprits for this is grep. I try to pass a too long
list, and get that error..

I know that xargs, etc. can get around this error but it
is a pain to remember the syntax for this, and I
don't think it can quite duplicate an integrated argument.

At the same time, I don't really want to maintain my
own patch..

So I was wondering if a patch, giving a file containing a
filelist would be accepted for the next version of grep?

Thanks much,


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