Posts Tagged ‘ack’

January 18th, 2009 Comments Off
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Category: Vetted Links

Navigating Source Code with ack

I’m an enthusiastic user of vim, so when you combine how much time I already spend in a terminal with the fact that it’s usually faster for me to look up something in Dojo’s source than reading the API docs, the quicker I can find what I need, the better.

Earlier this week, the O’Reilly Week In Review podcast asked me for a “tech tip”, so I thought I’d share a quick blurb about ack, a nifty little replacement for grep that has saved me tons of time in getting from vim to whatever it is I’m looking for in the source. The blurb is just a few seconds into the podcast and lasts less than two minutes, so go have a listen if you could use a better way to find things from the command line.