What does grep mean in Unix?

This page is about the meanings of the acronym/abbreviation/shorthand grep in the Computing field in general and in the Unix terminology in particular.

Generalized Regular Expression Parser

grep, the UNIX file-searching utility, was named as an acronym for something like “Generalized Regular Expression Parser.” Newham, Cameron (2005-03-29). Learning the bash Shell: Unix Shell Programming (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Kindle Locations 2052-2053). O'Reilly Media. Kindle Edition.

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What does grep mean?

To use a program such as grep to search in a file.

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