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Problems with GREP in Linux (Redhat 8.0)

Problems with GREP in Linux (Redhat 8.0)

Problems with GREP in Linux (Redhat 8.0)

I am trying to come up with the correct GREP syntax that gives me all the words, in the file (testgrep) below, that start with the letter 'l'. The test file I have is

long time ago
I lived free
In the Hinterland

1. If I run       grep l testgrep      I get............all the lines (as expected)
2. If I run       grep ' l' testgrep   I get............I lived free  (as expected)
3. If I run       grep '^l' testgrep  I get............long time ago

With the grep 3. (see above) I would have expected                                                   I lived free
As lived starts with an 'l'.

I have tried running ['^l',' l'] to match on both expressions but this only gives all the lines in the file.

I suspect I am missing something cricial, can anyone help.

Thanks in advance
Rob Thomas

RE: Problems with GREP in Linux (Redhat 8.0)

I believe ^ matches the beginning of a line, not the beginning of a word.

RE: Problems with GREP in Linux (Redhat 8.0)

I think you want \<  which matches the beginning of a word.

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