SPUG: ack

jerry gay jerry.gay at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 19:43:55 PDT 2007

On 9/20/07, Joshua ben Jore <twists at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/20/07, Michael R. Wolf <MichaelRWolf at att.net> wrote:
> > At the meeting on Tuesday, Jerry's casual mention of 'ack' had me amplify
> > the usefulness of this tool.  As expected, some folks didn't know about it.
> > I only learned about it recently.
> >
> > Let me sing it's praises:
> >  - It's much better than grep!!!!
> It's also really easy to hack on. I've a few patches I'd like to apply
> to it when they're well and ready:
good point! i've done some work adding context searching (just like
grep's -a -b -c) to ack, but it needs testing of the corner cases
before it's ready for production. i've set it down for the moment
since i've too many other things to do, but if someone wanted to pick
it up and add a few tests, that'd be grand.

you can find it here:


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