Subject: Re: Recursive grep (where is limfree defined?)
To: None <Chris_G_Demetriou@NIAGARA.NECTAR.CS.CMU.EDU, firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Peter Seebach <email@example.com>
Date: 01/23/1996 11:47:23
Agreed; chmod/chown/ls/cp are all file manipulators. grep is a filter;
it is a mere convenience that it takes filenames at all.
glimpse is good. Clever find | xargs is good. (Fixed xargs using NUL
instead of \n is better.) recursive grep is bad; when I want to
call grep on object modules which are at least 40-50% of the data in my
tree, I'll do it on purpose, thanks.
Some of us only have wimpy old 30 MIPS machines; we can't afford the processor
time for these frills. (Yes, I know, tehre are <5 MIPS machines
running NetBSD. Implement bloat and face their wrath.)