ACK is a greplike tool optimized for programmers searching large heterogeneous trees of source code.

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Search ALL files with ack

How can I search all files (including binary) in the current directory with ack v2? I want to do the same as doing ack 'foo' **, but just with a flag, so it works if I want to search all files in a ...
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Search only in files that match a pattern with ack

Can ack search only through files that match a specific 'glob' pattern (eg: search for foo in all files named "bar*.c"). The command ack foo "bar*.c" only works in the current directory. Note: I ...
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ack/grep search and sort by modification date

Is there any way to have ack sort the results found by date of modification? (ideally showing the date next to the result?). It doesn't look like ack has a date option, but just in case. If this ...
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How to search all text files in Ack? (with --text option being now removed)

Manual says that "The --text option has been removed.". It was setting the --type to text, i.e. ack was searching all text files regardless of their semantic category (i.e. in *.php files, *.txt ...
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Web front-end to find/grep/ack

In my lab, we are trying to build a web that allows the user to enter queries for find, ack, grep on a specific directory. The web would return an HTML with a table of a list of clickable files (click ...
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How to do max-depth search in ack and grep?

Is there any way to tell ack to only search for text on the current folder? (or specify a max-depth level?) And with grep?
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Ack regex on filenames

According to this thread: Q: My understanding is that ack uses Perl-derivative regular expressions, is that correct? A: Yes. In fact, ack is written in Perl and just forwards the expressions ...
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Match a simple Regex

I need to match this: (tt\d{1,10}) in a file with the file ending txt. I have tried grep and ack-grep but without results. ack-grep -G \.txt$ -g "(tt\d{1,10})"
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How to pick out files in a folder in which the header contains specific text?

Use case: Let's say there is a folder full of large RDF+XML files and they follow different namespaces. We want to find those files that follow a given namespace (for example ...
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Installing ack on cpanel

I need to install ack on an instance of whm/cpanel (I have root access as it is a VPS) but I have not found any information on how to do that. I tried to install it using the WHM RPM manager, but the ...