Viewing heavily commented config files

Just a quick one, as I haven’t posted for a while. This is a cool trick for getting the juice out of heavily commented files. In particular I used this on /etc/samba/smb.conf, but also good for apache2.conf, php.ini etc. The magic is this.

grep -v -e "^#" -e "^;" -e "^$" /etc/samba/smb.conf

Basically, ignore all lines starting with comments, and all blank lines.

Then, if you really want to get fancy, you can alias it to a command like this:

alias grepc='grep -v -e "^#" -e "^;" -e "^$"'

So all you have to type now is

grepc /path/file.conf


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