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I've been a programmer for over two decades. I work in Perl and a big pile of legacy PHP.

My book Land the Tech Job You Love is available from Pragmatic Bookshelf.

My Perl news blog is Perlbuzz.

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Apr
29
revised How do you ack for a file that contains two or more phrases/words?
ack should not be acpitalized.
Apr
29
suggested suggested edit on How do you ack for a file that contains two or more phrases/words?
Apr
29
answered How do you ack for a file that contains two or more phrases/words?
Apr
4
comment How to output a partial or a number from a mataching in grep or ack
ack and grep behave differently. For one, ack won't look in binary files unless you very specifically ask it to, so maybe the errors you were getting were warnings about searching binary data.
Apr
4
answered How to combine find and grep to recursively search for str or str2 in *.html and *.php files from /home/smith/sourcecode?
Apr
4
comment How to output a partial or a number from a mataching in grep or ack
@BillyChan: You mean ack-grep and ack, not act-grep and act. And how do you mean that ack is more stable than grep? I'm the author of ack and I certainly wouldn't make such a claim.
Jan
31
answered Grab end of url server side
Jan
8
comment Resizing a Linux VM's root partition in after its virtual disk has been given extra space
Or ServerFault.
Dec
22
comment What are the .php~ files?
The best answer is that you should not be editing your deployed files manually in the web server's directory.
Dec
12
revised How can I get a list of directories with ack?
Clarify the title
Dec
12
suggested suggested edit on How can I get a list of directories with ack?
Dec
12
answered How can I get a list of directories with ack?
Dec
12
answered Showing line number with filename in ack
Nov
9
comment Where do I find Nmake for Windows XP
You may want to investigate Strawberry Perl, which includes a full GCC toolchain and nmake and all those treats. strawberryperl.com
Oct
13
answered Using ack to search for regex in a specific file type
Oct
13
revised Macports install of ack doesn't create correct executable
clarify the title
Oct
13
suggested suggested edit on Macports install of ack doesn't create correct executable
Aug
16
awarded  Yearling
Aug
8
comment Why doesn't ack recursively search all files by default?
In general, you don't specify files on the command line with ack, which is what you're doing with ack foo *. When you specify files, then you're telling ack to not do any of its magic file selecting, which includes recursing into lower directories.
Jul
23
comment How to set line length limit when using grep (Filter result by line length)?
Also, ack will ignore minified Javascript files. It sees them as not being source code, and so ignores.