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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.

My blog about tech life, including job hunting, is petdance.com.

AIM: petdance

Twitter: petdance, beyondgrep and perlbuzz


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.
Jul
10
awarded  Caucus
Nov
10
comment ack + grep + not really match the string
It oughta be. I have a Google Alert for ack. Other authors can do the same.
Oct
11
answered Vim: How do you efficiently search for text?
Oct
11
comment Vim: How do you efficiently search for text?
Also, hitting / and Enter will repeat the previous search. Hitting ? and Enter will repeat the previous search backwards.
Aug
25
comment Can I simulate ack by using grep with the right combination of options?
It certainly is, but it's a battle I've stopped getting into. If people want to do it the old way because That's How Ken And Dennis Say It Should Be, then that's up to them.
Aug
25
awarded  Organizer
Aug
25
revised Can I simulate ack by using grep with the right combination of options?
retagged and fixed title
Aug
25
answered Can I simulate ack by using grep with the right combination of options?
Aug
25
suggested approved edit on Can I simulate ack by using grep with the right combination of options?
Jun
9
answered How can I find all files in a folder with a certain text string and an extension?
Apr
29
suggested rejected edit on How can I physically destroy data from a failed HDD?
Mar
17
answered How do I get grep color in the file names before each match?
Mar
8
comment ack utility + how to stop search in the file when the first string was found
Or just use the shortened version of that: -1
Dec
16
awarded  Yearling
Dec
1
comment Search for a text pattern in linux
or ack --java teststring /home/user01
Oct
16
answered How to contribute to GNU/Linux and free-software world with design skills but lack of programming skills?
Oct
14
answered ack + grep + not really match the string