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answered 2023-04-11 22:06:20 +0000

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updated 2023-04-11 22:06:52 +0000

If you want to move files that contain a certain pattern within the file contents, you can use grep to search for the pattern and then move the matching files. Here's an example:

Suppose you want to move all files containing the pattern example from the current directory to the target_directory:

for file in *; do
  if grep -q "example" "$file"; then
    mv "$file" target_directory/
  fi
done
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