Greg George
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NAME - Grep spreadsheet files in the current directory and any subdirectories.

SYNOPSIS some_regex_pattern


xlsgrep utilises the power of perls regular expressions to search every cell, on every sheet in any spreadsheets files found in the current directory or subdirectories.

There are currently no switches supports. Some of the standard grep switches can be handled using perls regular expression syntax. The equivalent of the ignore case grep switch (-i) can be applied to pattern by prefixing with (?i) to give (?i)pattern

The name of each spreadsheet checked is printed followed by any matches. The following is a typical run output

 C:> perl 7:45
 Checking ITTS-GNG-040830.xls
 ./ITTS-GNG-040830.xls : Sheet=Sheet1, Row=12, Col=2, Value=7:45
 Checking ITTS-GNG-040906.xls
 Checking ITTS-GNG-040920.xls

Here all spreadsheets in the current and sub directories were searched for the string '7:45' which was found in the spreadsheet 'ITTS-GNG-040830.xls'.


perlre, perlrequick and perlretut man pages for regualar expression details.

Spreadsheet::BasicRead and Spreadsheet:ParseExcel on CPAN


 Greg George, IT Technology Solutions P/L, Australia
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Copyright (c) 1999- Greg George. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


$Id:,v 1.4 2004/10/08 22:35:20 Greg Exp $


 $Log:,v $
 Revision 1.4  2004/10/08 22:35:20  Greg
 - Wrap the open of each spreadsheet in an eval to trap the die
 - Add printing the name of each spreadsheet checked
 - Correct the printing of the column number
 - Added sample run output to POD

 Revision 1.3  2004/10/03 04:58:20  Greg
 - Test of open of spreadsheet and return if failure

 Revision 1.2  2004/10/01 10:59:30  Greg
 - Replaced the die with print to STDERR when you can't open a spreadsheet

 Revision 1.1  2004/09/30 12:31:26  Greg
 - Initial development