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Just kidding. This thing is nowhere close to ack.

  1. Make it compile.
  2. Make it run.
  3. Make it behave correctly.
  4. Make it fast.

It's somewhere between 2 and 3 right now. Although it's much faster than ack in my benchmarks.

ack -i SOLR ~/cloudkick/reach  2.89s user 0.77s system 97% cpu 3.765 total

~/code/better_than_ack/bta -i SOLR ~/cloudkick/reach  0.37s user 0.15s system 88% cpu 0.590 total

You can use this with the ackmate plugin by moving or deleting "~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/PlugIns/AckMate.tmplugin/Contents/Resources/ackmate_ack" and running ln -s /usr/local/bin/bta "~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/PlugIns/AckMate.tmplugin/Contents/Resources/ackmate_ack"


  • ack annoyances:

    • only uses one core
    • can't prioritize certain dirs/files
    • can't say "just ignore stuff that's in .gitignore/.svnignore/.hgignore/whatever"
    • can't easily introspect what files are being ignored/searched
    • poor/no support for searching/ignoring files with no dots in their name or dots at the beginning or multiple dots, etc
    • ack is a giant hack. it's full of crazy stuff that perl programmers do. tons of special-cases and other dumb stuff
    • ack hates anything that isn't utf-8
    • by default, it hardly searches anything. you have to edit your ~/.ackrc to get useful behavior * grep is on the opposite side of the spectrum
    • no easy way to show skipped files in a directory hierarchy
    • if there are no matches, ack doesn't automatically try some less accurate searches * concrete example: if no matches, enable ignore case and redo the search
    • basic options: * follow/don't follow symlinks * recurse dirs
  • ack awesomeness (aka stuff I want to copy):

    • can easily skip files (unlike grep)
    • faster than grep
    • integrates with textmate (ackmate)
  • code search: common actions

    • find vars or functions with same/similar names in the project
  • pie-in-the-sky stuff

    • integrate with filetype-specific libraries (libxml2 etc) for extra functionality
      • concrete example: searching some xml files
        • instead of printing the context lines (prev/next 5 lines), print everything in the local dom scope
      • track code dependencies (this is almost certainly a different product/program)
    • switch to RE2