HOW TO : Use word boundaries in Regular Expressions

If you are every looking to match strings as a whole word instead of literal strings using a regular express, Word Boundaries are your friend

For example if you are looking to match a string of 10 numbers in a log file, you can use

[code]grep -i ‘\b[0-9]\{10,\}\b’ –color -H -n FILE_NAME_TO_SEARCH [/code]

The \b is the option that tells grep to look for a word character.

More information about the option is available at