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Search through files, ignoring .svn

Terminal - Search through files, ignoring .svn
ack -ai 'searchterm'
2009-09-09 14:05:27
User: dere22
Search through files, ignoring .svn


There are 12 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \) -type f -print0 | xargs --null grep <searchTerm>
2009-07-08 20:08:05
User: qazwart
Functions: find grep xargs
Tags: find xargs grep

By putting the "-not \( -name .svn -prune \)" in the very front of the "find" command, you eliminate the .svn directories in your find command itself. No need to grep them out.

You can even create an alias for this command:

alias svn_find="find . -not \( -name .svn -prune \)"

Now you can do things like

svn_find -mtime -3
grep <pattern> -R . --exclude-dir='.svn'
find . | grep -v svn
2011-01-16 03:51:57
User: gwchamb
Functions: find grep
Tags: grep

Unless you have files that include 'svn' in them, this should provide enough information to be useful. If you need to be certain, add the leading dot in the search pattern

find . -type f -print0 | grep -vzZ '.svn' | xargs -0 grep --color -nEHi "SEARCHTERM"
2009-02-05 10:27:15
User: troelskn
Functions: find grep xargs

Variant of find grep that ignores files with .svn in the name. Useful for searching through a local repository of source code.

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What others think

FYI, ack does this by default, not by magical use of the -a or -i flags. To search text (and not binary) files leave off the -a.

Comment by bwoodacre 271 weeks and 6 days ago

I never implied any magical use of the -a or -i flags, but in order to search through all files ignoring .svn you must use the -a flag. I only added the -i switch to make the search case-insensitive.

Comment by dere22 271 weeks and 6 days ago

What I am saying is that the -a and -i options are not essential to "Search through files, ignoring .svn". ack focuses on text files since it can search only certain text filetypes (perl/C/shell/etc.), so your usage of -a to throw in binary files as well seemed weird to me and deserved some explanation.

Comment by bwoodacre 271 weeks and 4 days ago

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