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I have a huge project with thousands of lines of code. I need to search in it and the IDE I'm using has to search each file at the time for the pattern I need.

Is there a GUI tool I can use that makes a local index and makes the search much faster ? I need to search for php code so syntax like $var must work.

PS : google desktop is good but is not working well with exact php syntax search.

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If you are programming in one of the languages supported by ctags or cscope you can try that. –  yasouser Feb 15 '11 at 14:22
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Try GNU Global (http://www.gnu.org/software/global/). It'll create an index and allow you to do funky things like:

less -t functionName

To display the description of the function you are after. See the tutorial for more cool stuff!

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