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  • ripgrep

    ripgrep combines the usability of The Silver Searcher with the raw speed of grep.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • The Silver Searcher

    Silver Searcher is a code search tool similar to ack that claims to be much faster. It's implemented in C and has some extra features such as ignoring files per...

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • Gawk

    The awk utility interprets a special-purpose programming language that makes it possible to handle simple data-reformatting jobs with just a few lines of code. Gawk is...

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Mawk

    mawk is an interpreter for the AWK Programming Language.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • spot

    Tiny ack-style file search utility. All arguments constitute the search text. No need to wrap most searches in double quotes. Short & written in Bash - just find...

    Free Open Source Linux

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ack is Perl, not PCRE

Comment by petdance
about ack · Aug 2013 · Helpful Not helpful

Please note that ack is written purely in Perl, and thus uses Perl regular expressions. PCRE is supposedly "Perl-compatible regular expressions" but there are incompatibilities.

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