Tiny ack-style file search utility.
- Short & written in Bash: you can edit it easily to suit your liking.
- Fast. Just
- Searches most things by default instead of some known predefined extensions.
- Ignores .git, .hg, .svn, devices and binary files.
All arguments constitute the search text. No need to wrap most searches in double quotes.
spot is case-insensitive by default. However, if your search term
contains an uppercase letter, it becomes sensitive!
If the first argument contains a slash and is a valid directory, the search is constrained to that particular target.
spot(1) searches, the
. character acts as the RegExp wildcard,
making it very easy to perform searches that match anything, and to avoid
escaping characters or including ones that are not necessary for your
If the line where matches are found is too long (such as minified source files),
spot(1) will only display the surrounding characters.
spot -h to see them.
If you have NPM:
$ npm install -g spot
Or if you have bpkg
$ bpkg install -g spot
You're done! Otherwise, run this command:
curl -L https://raw.github.com/rauchg/spot/master/spot.sh -o ~/bin/spot && chmod +x ~/bin/spot
If you don't have
~/bin, replace it with another directory in your
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