xgrep.py is a Python 3 script for searching for elements in XML files, using
XPath 1.0 expressions.
The script is released 'as is' with no warranty under the GNU General Public License, version 2.0.
It requires the following Python 3 packages:
The lxml package internally calls the libxml2 and libxslt C libraries.
On Debian-based systems, the prerequisites can be installed as follows:
sudo apt-get install python3-blessings python3-lxml
xgrep.py [-a] [--abbreviate] [-c] [--count] [-C] [--force-color] [-i] [--indent] [-l] [--files-with-matches] [-L] [--files-without-match] [-m] [--matches] [-M] [--files-and-matches] [-n] [--line-number] [-N] [--declare-ns] [-p] [--pis] [-P] [--comments] [-q] [--quiet] [-r <ns>] [--regex <ns>] [-s] [--spaces] <XPath expression> <XML file(s)> xgrep.py [-v] [--version] xgrep.py [-h] [--help]
xgrep.py outputs the matching parts of the XML files together with
their file names and the XPath expression. The option
-m outputs only the
matching parts, without file names or XPath expressions; with
-M, the matching
parts are prefixed with the corresponding file name. If
-r <ns> is set,
the EXSLT function
be used in the XPath expression for matching regular expressions. The option
-i indents the matching parts, and the option
-N includes namespace
declarations. Matching parts can be abbreviated to their first line by means of
-a. The option
-s normalises whitespace to spaces in the output.
Processing instructions and comments in the XML files are ignored unless the
-P are used. The
-C option preserves color and formatting
codes when piping output through GNU less
or similar programs.
-q mimic the behaviour of
GNU grep. The latter option suppresses any
output, but still returns the exit status (
0 if there are matches,
there are none, and
2 for errors).
Andreas Nolda (firstname.lastname@example.org)