Introduction: what is pss?
pss is a power-tool for searching inside source code files. pss
searches recursively within a directory tree, knows which extensions and
file names to search and which to ignore, automatically skips directories
you wouldn't want to search in (for example
its output in a helpful way, and does much more.
If you're familiar with the ack tool, then you will find pss very similar (see https://github.com/eliben/pss/wiki/pss-and-ack).
pss needs only Python to run. It's being tested with Python versions 2.7 and 3.6+ on Linux, Mac OS and Windows. Earlier versions of Python 3.x may work as well, but this isn't guaranteed.
pss can be installed from PyPI (Python Package Index):
> pip install pss
Alternatively, you can download the source distribution either from PyPI or from the main Github project page. When you unzip the source distribution, run:
> python setup.py install
Running without installing
pss supports direct invocation even without installing it. This may be useful if you're on a machine without administrator rights, or want to experiment with a source distribution of pss.
Just unzip the pss distribution into some directory. Let's assume its full
/path/to/pss. You can now run:
> /path/to/python /path/to/pss
And this will invoke pss as expected. This command can also be tied to an alias or placed in a shell (or batch) script for convenience.
How to use it?
pss is meant to be executed from the command line. Running it with no
arguments or with
-h will print a detailed usage message.
For some detailed usage examples, check out the Usage wiki page - https://github.com/eliben/pss/wiki/Usage-samples
pss is open-source software. Its code is in the public domain. See the
LICENSE file for more details.