The power of ack

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This is a super useful tool for searching through all of your source code. It searches recursively by default, ignores revision control directories, and aggregates/presents the search results in a very readable format. Makes software development just that much easier.

Here’s a quick example:

$ ack -C 5 –java “ProductVersioner” /usr/local/src/apache-oodt/asf-latest/trunk

“search for all code written in Java recursively under the specified directory and provide 5 lines of context… all the while ignoring all .svn, .cvs, and other irrelevant directories”



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