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i'm almost at a complete lost how to do this...my raid "failed" for whatever reasons, so i popped in the harddrive all the files i needed to recover were on before, but if any one has ever used one of the file recovers tools, i used photorec...it doesn't save the file names, it just saves them as "sectorfoundon.ext"....i've managed to create a bash script to copy all the files of a certian extension to another location, there are over 200k of these "text" files, now i need to identify them...

this is what i need the bash script to be able to do...

1. recurse a directory (including subdirectories)
2. open up the file, search for a word or a string of words
3. if it finds the word/string of words in the file, either:
a. copy the file to another location
b. or print out the file name for manual copy later on by myself

there are about 300 files i need to recover, i don't think it would be feasible of myself to set there and go thru 200k to find them...i'm thinking it can be automated, even if i can narrow it down to a few thousand, its a less dire situation than scanning thru 200k...i honestly thought they had been backed up, but apparently rsync hadn't ran that day or it was clogged up and didn't run for quite some time...so is it possible to do this in bash? or will i need to more onto a "higher" level.

thanks in advance,
Transhour

edit: all the "requirements" are negotiable, any help to where to begin is needed i could probably figure out the rest with google
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Code:
cp `grep -l -R "some words" source-directory` destination-directory
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thanks, i will give it a shot, i was working on one along those lines, but wasn't having any success, cp was telling me "to many parameters" or something along those lines.

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Congrats error - your avatar is epic btw!!

I know you can write a printed list to file in Python (you can probably do the copy too, not sure of the syntax though as I've never tried it).
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