Search text files for matching strings

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    Search text files for matching strings

    I need some help.

    Here's what I would like to do. I'd like to import a test file with a list of search terms. Then I'd like to have the program search another text file to see if the terms exist.

    The input file will be a list of server names and/or IP addresses, so they will be a single item per line.

    The text file to be searched is a router configuration, so each line will vary in length.

    Any thoughts on the best way to do this?

    Thanks.

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    grep, and/or Perl.

    If you want to code it yourself, in C++, you could create a std::set of the search terms, and then for each term in the "other file", just check to see if it exists in the std::set. That would probably be more efficient but less esoteric and less fun than using grep.
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