Find a Phrase in a File

Adriano Varoli Piazza moranar at
Tue Sep 19 19:21:58 UTC 2006

2006/9/19, Gregory PiƱero <gregpinero at>:
> Hi there,
> I have a 56 mb text file, all the text on one line.  I want to find a
> certain phrase and show a few words before and after each occurance.
> Is there an easy way to do that on the command line that I'm
> overlooking?  grep just shows the whole line so that doesn't really
> help me.
> Let me know if you have any ideas.

Use fold (man fold) to wrap the text, then pipe it to grep.

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