I’ve fallen in love with a new tool known as [ack"]. It’s basically grep, the way I want grep to work when coding:
- Full Perl regular expressions
- Iterates over directories by default
- Skips source control directories (q.v.)
- Easily restricted to certain file types
So if I’m searching a tree of Perl files, instead of something like:
grep pattern $(find . -name '*.pl' -or -name '*.pm' -or -name '*.pod' | \ grep -v _sgbak)
(to find Perl program, module, and POD files, skipping anything in Vault/Fortress _sgbak folders), I can just say:
ack --perl pattern
And yes, as of version 1.74, ack includes "Vault ":http://sourcegear.com/vault/ and Fortress in its list of supported version control tools. So if I want to see references to the
explodeMinion46 function, I can just say:
To recursively search my current directory, avoiding backup files along the way.
There are a number of other options, including configuring your own exclusions, etc. on the fly — but for me, the out-of-the-box behavior is now exactly what I want.