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Date: 2009jun11
OS: Linux

Q.  My big find is stuck in /proc -- what can I do?

A.  Generally you can't grep in /proc /sys and /dev so if you want to search the entire filesystem do this:

find / -path /proc -prune -o /sys -prune -o -path /dev -prune -o -type f -exec grep SOMETHING {} \;
This searches everywhere but /proc /sys and /dev