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[ale] grep



> Is there any non-shell script way to make grep return just the line
> numbers of matches and not the content of the line?
> 
> For example,
> 
> grep -n will return something like this:
> 
> 11:	exec ls
> 36:     exec foo 
> 
> All I want are the line numbers and I do not want to have to use any sort
> of shell script to chop of the ends.
> 
> If this is not possible, how would it be done with a shell script?
> 

grep -n <expr> [<files...>] | find -d ':' -f 1

-d = delimiter
-f = field (seperated by delimiter)

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Christopher Hamilton    Internal System Administrator
chrish at ifsintl.com      IFS International, Inc.