Sometimes we need to search the whole site for a specific term to find all instances of it. This might be to replace the term with something else, like if a department name changes, or remove references to it entirely.
While you might be tempted to use Find and Replace to do this automatically, it's important to consider the context in which the term is used, as you might inadvertently change something you didn't mean to.
This is a very tedious process and can be very time-consuming, so consider first whether it's really required. Weigh the costs and benefits. Weren't you going to retire to that cabin by the lake? It's your granddaughter's piano recital tonight and you promised you'd be there...
Identify all versions of the term you want to search for, including possible variations in capitalisation.
Decide what needs to be done with the terms - what needs to be changed and what can stay the same?
Don't remove references to the term in news articles, as they would have been accurate at the time of publication.
Inform your colleagues that you are going outside and you may be some time.
grep the filesystem for each of your terms (this will take hours and should be done overnight). For example:
# on www0 cd /www/vhosts/bath/ ggrep -ri 'rdso' * > /tmp/output1.txt ggrep -ri 'research development support' * > /tmp/output2.txt
You've probably unearthed a lot of outdated pages and documents that are no longer in use but are still taking up space. Archive them.
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