HOWTO: Recursive search and replace on the Linux command line
September 02, 2008
The ‘traditional’ way to search and replace on the command line was to use some combination of grep/find/perl/sed etc. Which offers great flexibility but at the end of the day can turn into a right pain in order to complete a simple task. Turns out only to be a pain in the ass if you don’t know or can’t remember the correct syntax!
Recently I stumbled across rpl. (http://freshmeat.net/projects/rpl/) It’s a nice little text replacement utility which is as simple as:
rpl -R search replace *
Although rpl is easy, the other alternatives are hardly difficult. (At least once you know them)