zipgrep - search files in a ZIP archive for lines matching a pattern
zipgrep [egrep_options] pattern file[.zip] [file(s) ...]
[-x xfile(s) ...]
zipgrep will search files within a ZIP archive for lines matching the
given string or pattern. zipgrep is a shell script and requires
egrep(1) and unzip(1L) to function. Its output is identical to that of
The pattern to be located within a ZIP archive. Any
string or regular expression accepted by egrep(1) may be
used. file[.zip] Path of the ZIP archive. (Wildcard
expressions for the ZIP archive name are not supported.)
If the literal filename is not found, the suffix .zip is
appended. Note that self-extracting ZIP files are sup-
ported, as with any other ZIP archive; just specify the
.exe suffix (if any) explicitly.
An optional list of archive members to be processed, sep-
arated by spaces. If no member files are specified, all
members of the ZIP archive are searched. Regular expres-
sions (wildcards) may be used to match multiple members:
* matches a sequence of 0 or more characters
? matches exactly 1 character
[...] matches any single character found inside the
brackets; ranges are specified by a beginning
character, a hyphen, and an ending character. If
an exclamation point or a caret (‘!’ or ‘^’) fol-
lows the left bracket, then the range of charac-
ters within the brackets is complemented (that is,
anything except the characters inside the brackets
is considered a match).
(Be sure to quote any character that might otherwise be
interpreted or modified by the operating system.)
An optional list of archive members to be excluded from
processing. Since wildcard characters match directory
separators (‘/’), this option may be used to exclude any
files that are in subdirectories. For example, ‘‘zipgrep
grumpy foo *.[ch] -x */*’’ would search for the string
‘‘grumpy’’ in all C source files in the main directory of
the ‘‘foo’’ archive, but none in any subdirectories.
Without the -x option, all C source files in all directo-
ries within the zipfile would be searched.
All options prior to the ZIP archive filename are passed to
egrep(1), unzip(1L), zip(1L), funzip(1L), zipcloak(1L), zip-
info(1L), zipnote(1L), zipsplit(1L)
The Info-ZIP home page is currently at http://www.info-
zip.org/pub/infozip/ or ftp://ftp.info-zip.org/pub/infozip/ .
zipgrep was written by Jean-loup Gailly.
Info-ZIP 22 May 2004 ZIPGREP(1L)
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