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       git-grep - Print lines matching a pattern


       git grep [-a | --text] [-I] [-i | --ignore-case] [-w | --word-regexp]
                  [-v | --invert-match] [-h|-H] [--full-name]
                  [-E | --extended-regexp] [-G | --basic-regexp]
                  [-F | --fixed-strings] [-n]
                  [-l | --files-with-matches] [-L | --files-without-match]
                  [-z | --null]
                  [-c | --count] [--all-match] [-q | --quiet]
                  [--max-depth <depth>]
                  [--color[=<when>] | --no-color]
                  [-A <post-context>] [-B <pre-context>] [-C <context>]
                  [-f <file>] [-e] <pattern>
                  [--and|--or|--not|(|)|-e <pattern>...]
                  [--cached | --no-index | <tree>...]
                  [--] [<pathspec>...]


       Look for specified patterns in the tracked files in the work tree,
       blobs registered in the index file, or blobs in given tree objects.


           Instead of searching tracked files in the working tree, search
           blobs registered in the index file.

           Search files in the current directory, not just those tracked by

       -a, --text
           Process binary files as if they were text.

       -i, --ignore-case
           Ignore case differences between the patterns and the files.

           Don't match the pattern in binary files.

       --max-depth <depth>
           For each <pathspec> given on command line, descend at most <depth>
           levels of directories. A negative value means no limit.

       -w, --word-regexp
           Match the pattern only at word boundary (either begin at the
           beginning of a line, or preceded by a non-word character; end at
           the end of a line or followed by a non-word character).

       -v, --invert-match
           Select non-matching lines.

       -h, -H
           By default, the command shows the filename for each match.  -h
           option is used to suppress this output.  -H is there for
           completeness and does not do anything except it overrides -h given
           earlier on the command line.

           When run from a subdirectory, the command usually outputs paths
           relative to the current directory. This option forces paths to be
           output relative to the project top directory.

       -E, --extended-regexp, -G, --basic-regexp
           Use POSIX extended/basic regexp for patterns. Default is to use
           basic regexp.

       -F, --fixed-strings
           Use fixed strings for patterns (don't interpret pattern as a

           Prefix the line number to matching lines.

       -l, --files-with-matches, --name-only, -L, --files-without-match
           Instead of showing every matched line, show only the names of files
           that contain (or do not contain) matches. For better compatibility
           with git diff, --name-only is a synonym for --files-with-matches.

       -z, --null
           Output \0 instead of the character that normally follows a file

       -c, --count
           Instead of showing every matched line, show the number of lines
           that match.

           Show colored matches. The value must be always (the default),
           never, or auto.

           Turn off match highlighting, even when the configuration file gives
           the default to color output. Same as --color=never.

       -[ABC] <context>
           Show context trailing (A -- after), or leading (B
            -- before), or both (C -- context) lines, and place a line
           containing -- between contiguous groups of matches.

           A shortcut for specifying -C<num>.

       -p, --show-function
           Show the preceding line that contains the function name of the
           match, unless the matching line is a function name itself. The name
           is determined in the same way as git diff works out patch hunk
           headers (see Defining a custom hunk-header in gitattributes(5)).

       -f <file>
           Read patterns from <file>, one per line.

           The next parameter is the pattern. This option has to be used for
           patterns starting with - and should be used in scripts passing user
           input to grep. Multiple patterns are combined by or.

       --and, --or, --not, ( ... )
           Specify how multiple patterns are combined using Boolean
           expressions.  --or is the default operator.  --and has higher
           precedence than --or.  -e has to be used for all patterns.

           When giving multiple pattern expressions combined with --or, this
           flag is specified to limit the match to files that have lines to
           match all of them.

       -q, --quiet
           Do not output matched lines; instead, exit with status 0 when there
           is a match and with non-zero status when there isn't.

           Instead of searching tracked files in the working tree, search
           blobs in the given trees.

           Signals the end of options; the rest of the parameters are
           <pathspec> limiters.

           If given, limit the search to paths matching at least one pattern.
           Both leading paths match and glob(7) patterns are supported.


       git grep time_t -- *.[ch]
           Looks for time_t in all tracked .c and .h files in the working
           directory and its subdirectories.

       git grep -e '#define\' --and \( -e MAX_PATH -e PATH_MAX \)
           Looks for a line that has #define and either MAX_PATH or PATH_MAX.

       git grep --all-match -e NODE -e Unexpected
           Looks for a line that has NODE or Unexpected in files that have
           lines that match both.


       Originally written by Linus Torvalds <[1]>, later
       revamped by Junio C Hamano.


       Documentation by Junio C Hamano and the git-list


       Part of the git(1) suite