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grep faster and more effectively than grep, using grep
Authored by: jefftang on May 24, '07 09:55:06AM

fgrep and grep are actually the exact same program. They are hard links to the same file. Their behavior is determined by the name they're called by.

For fixed string searches their speed is just about the same as far as I can tell. The only good reason to use fgrep is if you have special regexp characters that you don't want to escape.

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